“That’s not acceptable for an opener,” Dinesh Karthik criticizes KL Rahul


Indian wicketkeeper batter, Dinesh Karthik is the latest to openly criticizes KL Rahul for his low average as an opener in the test format.

KL Rahul has had an awful year professionally. Specifically, in the test format, KL has played 8 innings in the 4 matches that he featured in. KL Rahul managed to score only 137 runs in those eight innings, with an extremely low average of 17. Even in the white ball format, KL failed to step up for the team in crucial stages.

Furthermore, KL Rahul’s defensive approach has been heavily criticized by fans and critics. His failure at the top order has made people question his place in the team. But, being the vice-captain of the team brings additional chances for the opener. Now, Indian wicket-keeper, Dinesh Karthik came out in the open to issue a stern warning to KL Rahul.

“KL Rahul needs to get a couple of hundreds,” Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik opened up on KL Rahul form in a conversation with Cricbuzz. He said that KL Rahul average as an opener in tests has been the lowest among the Indian players so far. From Karthik’s point of view, that average is unacceptable for an opener.

“I would give KL those couple of Test matches, but if things don’t go KL Rahul’s way. The one thing that does go against him is the fact that he has played over 40 Tests and his average is just mid-30s. That is not acceptable for an opener. That is one of the lowest among Indian players for sure, who have played 35 Test matches,” 

Karthik further added that players like Shubman Gill are doing much better at the moment. That hinders Rahul’s place in the test team. Hence, KL Rahul needs to score at least two centuries against Australia to cement his place in the team.

“That is something that he needs to definitely work on. That will be on his mind. If he wants to cement his place in the Test team, he needs to get a couple of hundreds against Australia. Otherwise, you can definitely see a change, with Shubman Gill doing so well,” 

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