‘It’s a headache for the coach and Rohit Sharma’: KL Rahul says selection not in players’ hands after India flexes bench strength

While the plan to test the bench strength in the first two ODIs against Australia is working well for India, the challenge for the team management now is to decide who to leave out on the bench given some of the first-choice stars are expected to be dropped. Was rested from first two ODIs. Will now be available for selection.

In the absence of Rohit, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin performed well and it will be a big problem for the captain and coach to select the best XI. The senior team is set to return for the third ODI in Rajkot.

Iyer scored a century in the second ODI while Suryakumar scored back-to-back fifties. Now the team management is in trouble with the return of Kohli and Pandya.

KL Rahul, who captained the team in the first two ODIs against Australia, believes that the selection is a headache for captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid.

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“As players, it’s not really our decision. When he comes back it is a headache for the coach and Rohit. Our jobs, roles are very clear. Every person selected in the playing eleven has to do one thing. It can be tough to sit out after scoring a lot of runs, but everyone has gone through it and I think it’s always like that,” Rahul said in the post-match presentation.

Meanwhile, the Indian batsmen put in an impressive performance in the second ODI as centuries from Shubman Gill and Iyer while fifties from Rahul and Suryakumar helped India post a mammoth total of 399/5 in 50 overs.

At the time of the toss, Rahul wanted to bowl first and after the match he said that he did not expect the ball to spin much in the second half.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took six wickets each to reduce Australia to 217 runs.

“When I (first) saw the wicket, I didn’t think it would spin that much. Rahul said, putting 400 on the board gives you confidence.

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India dropped a few catches in the ongoing series but Rahul feels that frequent traveling to different stadiums sometimes makes it difficult for players to get used to the lights.

“We dropped a few catches, but when you are traveling every other day and playing on a different ground you get used to the lights. A lot of people have been playing for a long time. Coaches are trying their best to keep people fit. Sometimes these errors occur. The commitment is always there, we’ll learn from it, overcome it and be better in the next game.”

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  • The wicketkeeper-batsman talked about whether the senior players will return to the eleven for the final ODI.

    “Nothing has been discussed, but the people coming back will want to figure it out. With the World Cup just a few weeks away, people will want to be involved. They need to get used to the challenges, they will be eager to get back on the field,” he concluded.

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    first published: September 25, 2023, 07:39 IST

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