Newly elected BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has commended KL Rahul’s performance in the limited overs cricket and longed that the batsman will carry on his current form even in Test cricket. The Indian team management had made a decision to hand KL Rahul the duel role of a keeper-batsman in limited overs by dropping Rishabh Pant from the playing XI in the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand.
Of late, KL Rahul has displayed sufficiently good work behind the wickets and has been outstanding with the bat as well.
Responding to KL Rahul’s inclusion after dropping Pant, Sourav Ganguly stated, "Virat Kohli takes that decision. The team management and captain decide the role of KL Rahul."
"He (Rahul) has played well in ODIs and T20Is. He started well in Test cricket but has gone down slightly. But in limited overs cricket he has played really well and hope he continues all the good work but like I said, all these decisions are of the team management's," Ganguly told ABP News.
When queried about the race for the wicket-keeping spot for the T20I World Cup, "The selectors, Virat and Ravi (Shastri) will decide that. Whatever they think, it'll happen that way,” Ganguly said.
Not long ago, KL Rahul stated that he was liking the new role.
"I'm quite honestly loving it. At the international stage, it might seem very new and it might seem like I've never kept. (But) I've kept for my IPL franchise for the last 3-4 years, and I've kept for my first-class team as and when there is an opening. I've still stayed in touch with wicket keeping," Rahul said after the first T20I against New Zealand.