The other no-good Rahul

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The other no-good Rahul

Swapnil Bharali | June 29, 2019 12:46 hrs

At the national level, the last great “Rahul” was Rahul Dravid. The nation has otherwise come across two Rahuls – one a forever struggling politician and the other, a supposedly promising cricketer, gushed at by all and sundry (including cricket pundits) but one whose statistics are totally stacked against him making you wonder why at all he is enjoying the privileges of an Indian cricketer.

The case in point today, in the backdrop of the ongoing ICC World Cup (WC), is Indian opener Kannur Lokesh Rahul who comes across as a weak link along with Vijay Shankar in the otherwise formidable Indian batting line-up. Even as I write this only out of concern, I would not want to question the opinions of the experts who seem to eulogize Rahul to the point of comparing him with Dravid. And so, let us look at his statistics: 


Having made his Test debut for India in 2010, he has been representing India in all formats of cricket for about 9 years now. He himself is 27 years old and so is no rookie. He has played 19 ODIs – the last being against the West Indies on Thursday in the current World Cup. So far, as the No 4 batsmen or as an opener, he has scored just one century and three 50s with an average of roughly 37 and a strike rate of 78. His 50s include 63 versus Zimbabwe in 2016, 60 versus Afghanistan in 2018 and 57 against Pakistan in the WC match. The lone hundred came against Bangladesh in the Cardiff warm up match on 28th May last. His other WC scores are 48 against West Indies, 30 (Afghanistan), 11 not out (Australia) and 26 (South Africa).

The problem is he bats like a rookie, is forever unable to capitalize on a good start, gets out in manners where one can question both his attitude and technique and yet, Rahul keeps getting opportunities in the Playing 11 as if he owns the lone cricket bat available and so is an automatic selection even as far better and more experienced players like Dinesh Karthik and superior talents like Rishabh Pant continue to warm the benches. Moreover, in two matches, Rahul has dropped two sitters in the deep.

Sorry, but this Rahul is no good although I’d like to be proved wrong if he is persisted with.

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