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India opener KL Rahul has struggled to put runs on the scoreboard which have led former cricketers questioning his place in the team. Although India produced a dominating performance against West Indies but Rahul’s out of form will keep the management on their toes. Who are probable candidates to replace Rahul in the Test team?
The Karnataka cricketer returned from the Caribbean Island without a half-century in two-match Test series. His last century came against England in 2018 and have struggled to strive for consistency. Former cricketers like Sourav Ganguly and Gautam Gambhir have backed KL Rahul’s ouster from the team.
India are on the top of the World Test Championship table with 120 points. To maintain its position at the top, they will have to maintain consistency in the victory. With the upcoming South Africa tour in mind, the management needs to find a better replacement for KL Rahul.
Here are the 5 players who can replace KL Rahul as the opener:
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Priyank Panchal has been a consistent scorer for Gujarat in domestic cricket for quite some time now. The right-handed batsman has also done an impeccable job with India A. He recently led India Red to the Duleep Trophy title.
Panchal has played 87 first-class matches scoring 6186 runs with the highest score of an unbeaten 314. In the Ranji 2016-2017 seasons, with his effort, Gujarat won their first-ever Ranji Trophy title. He scored 1310 runs from ten matches in that season to lead the team from the front.
Besides, Panchal is a good off-break bowler which can come in handy in these wickets. The selectors will keenly consider his recent showdown as they sit to pick India’s best 15 for the Test series against South Africa.