Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

After criticizing struggling KL Rahul’s selection into the Indian Playing XI severely for days, former Indian medium pacer Venkatesh Prasad clarified that he does not have anything against the opener. 

From the very first match of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Prasad has called Rahul a product of favouritism. As per the former cricketer, Rahul’s selection has denied the chances to other talented players who have been waiting on the sidelines of the Indian team.

When Rahul got out for another cheap score in India’s second innings on Sunday, Prasad wrote on Twitter that his criticisms were made keeping Rahul’s goodwill at heart.

“A few people thinking I have something personal against KL Rahul. In fact it is the opposite. I wish well for him and playing him in such form was never going to enhance his confidence. For him to earn his place back in Test cricket, now that the domestic season has ended..,” Prasad tweeted.

“Rahul needs to play County cricket in England, score runs and earn his place back, much like Pujara did when he was dropped. Playing Test Cricket for the country and doing everything possible to get back in form will be the best answer. But will it be possible to skip the IPL?” he added.

Earlier on Saturday, Prasad had dropped a bombshell by tweeting that Rahul’s selection is not based on performance but favouritism.