World Cup 2019: India vs Pakistan: KL Rahul, Indian Batsman To Watch

Updated: 15 June 2019 14:25 IST

KL Rahul suddenly finds himself thrown into the role of opener after Shikhar Dhawan's injury and will face a severe test against Pakistan.

World Cup 2019: India vs Pakistan: KL Rahul, Indian Batsman To Watch
KL Rahul will open the batting for India against Pakistan in absence of injured Shikhar Dhawan. © AFP

When India's batting order was decided ahead of World Cup 2019, the big question always was who will bat at No. 4. With Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan manning the opening slots and Virat Kohli an automatic choice at No. 3, it was finally KL Rahul who was slotted at the fourth position. It is a different matter that he managed to get only one inning at that slot, with Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni preceding him against Australia, now he will have a new concern as he comes in as opener in place of the injured Dhawan. On top of that, with the New Zealand match being washed out, Rahul will go in against Pakistan with nothing in terms of match practice at that position.

Nevertheless, Rahul has the technique which can make him a good opener, though he will be sorely tested by the Pakistani fast bowlers, especially the left-armers, when the two sides meet at Manchester, on Sunday.

KL Rahul made his One-day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe at Harare in June, 2016 and started with a bang, scoring an even unbeaten 100.

Rahul has played only 16 ODIs for India so far, scoring 380 runs in 15 innings, at an average of 34.54 and strike rate of 81.02. That 100 not out is his only century so far and he has two half-centuries.

Highlights
  • KL Rahul was included in World Cup 2019 squad as third opener
  • KL Rahul made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in June 2016
  • KL Rahul will open the batting alongside Rohit Sharma against Pakistan
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