Team India are currently preparing for the second match of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The match will kick off on 17 February 2023 in Delhi. However, all eyes will be on batters like Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, and KL Rahul as they failed to score big despite India scoring 400 runs.
Fans were not happy to see another failure from KL Rahul. He scored only 20 runs off 71 balls, including one boundary. Now, a senior official of the Indian Cricket Board came up with an ultimatum for the star batter. He said that his position in the team will be in danger if he fails again in the Delhi Test.
“Yes, he can be dropped as there is nothing called vice-captain’s immunity.” - Senior official on KL Rahul
Speaking exclusively to InsideSport, the official said that KL Rahul has the trust of both the skipper and the coach. But, there is no vice-captain quota. So, he needs to score runs to secure his place in the team.
“Rahul has the captain and coach’s trust. Everyone goes through bad run. Virat had an extended poor run of form. But he bounced back. We just need to be patient with Rahul too. He is a classy player and he will surely bounce back. Yes, he can be dropped as there is nothing called vice-captain’s immunity. But it’s the team management’s call. Any discussion will be after Delhi Test,” the official added. Before the Nagpur Test also, former cricketers like Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh wanted KL Rahul out of the final playing XI.
Kapil Dev even said: "Why can't he be dropped? There should be no such rule. You need to look at team combination, who do we need. There is no necessity. In Indian cricket, I don't think there is ever a vice-captain. Back in the day, we had a new VC in every Test match. He is a very mature player; I even like him. I consider him to be a fine batter but if he doesn't fit in the team, then let it be. The team comes first and I guess for that the captain and the management need to take a call. Some players are lucky. Rahul Dravid too played many such matches where he was made to keep wicket."