India took a 2-0 lead in the Border Gavaskar series.
KL Rahul scored 18 runs in both the innings.
New Delhi. India has taken a 2-0 lead in the series by defeating Australia (India vs Australia) in the second Test as well. Despite this, heated discussions are going on regarding team selection. The issue is KL Rahul, who has been a victim of criticism for many days. He was given a chance in two Tests against Australia, but his flop show continues. He has managed to score just 18 runs in both the innings of the second test. Now a debate has started between two Indian veterans regarding this.
In fact, former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad constantly raised questions about Rahul’s presence in the team. He tweeted one after the other against the opener. He had said, ‘Players who have talent are not getting a chance in the playing-11. Shikhar’s Test average was 40+. Mayank had 41+ with two double hundreds. Shubman Gill is in form, Sarfaraz is waiting for the end. Many domestic performances are being ignored. KL is not a trump card of any kind. Players like Kuldeep Yadav are dropped even after their performance. Apart from this, Prasad said many things on Twitter, after which a debate broke out between former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra and him.
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Akash Chopra said on Prasad’s tweet, ‘Venky Bhai Test match is going on. How would it be to wait for at least both the innings to end. We are all one team means we are from India. I am not saying that you should not keep your views but the time may be a little better. Our game is of timing only.
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Even before this, Akash Chopra had opposed Venkatesh Prasad on YouTube. He had said, ‘As soon as Rahul gets out early, he starts trending. Some give their opinion and some criticize. In my opinion, Venkatesh Prasad’s tweet has added fuel to the fire. As a cricketer, he should know that we should not criticize our own players in the middle of the game. After the game, you can put your views in front of everyone.
Venkatesh Prasad got angry after the video
Responding to Akash Chopra’s tweet, Prasad had said, ‘Honestly doesn’t matter, Akash. My thoughts are fair criticism. Even if he scores a half-century in the second innings. Congratulations on your lovely videos on youtube, I enjoy them. I have no personal enmity with Rahul. Many things have been seen between Venkatesh Prasad and Akash Chopra.
According to Prasad, KL Rahul should return to Team India after playing county cricket. As Cheteshwar Pujara has done. However, now Prasad’s wish seems to be getting fulfilled. The team has been announced for the next two Tests, in which signs of change have been indicated by removing Rahul from the vice-captaincy.
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Tags: Aakash Chopra, Border Gavaskar Trophy, India vs Australia, KL Rahul, Venkatesh Prasad
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 19, 2023, 20:36 IST