Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former India medium fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad once again slammed the selection of out-of-form batsman KL Rahul in the playing XI for the ongoing second Test against Australia in New Delhi. In a series of tweets, Prasad claimed that there is favoritism in Rahul’s selection.

A couple of days back, Prasad had alleged favoritism in Rahul’s selection in the playing XI. Following Rahul’s departure for just 17 runs in India’s first innings of the match, Prasad took to Twitter again to rap the selection of the struggling opening batsman.

“And the torrid run continues. More to do with rigidity of the management to persist with a player who just hasn’t looked the part. No top order batsman in at least last 20 years of Indian cricket has played these many Tests with such a low average. His inclusion is….,” Prasad tweeted.

“No one given chances like KL. This discrimination clearly won’t be encouraging for any player. KL had great potential but has simply not performed and been given chances without deserving it. Now if he plays well next innings maybe sealed for 2 years,” the former medium pacer wrote in another tweet.

Rahul is clearly struggling with his recent form. His poor run continued on the second day of the ongoing second Test match between India and Australia in New Delhi as well. In India’s first innings in the match, he survived some close calls. However, he got trapped in front of the stumps eventually. Rahul decided to challenge the on-field umpire’s decision but got out.

Rahul has been going through a lean patch and the pressure is mounting on him to score runs. With in-form Shubman Gill warming the bench, Rahul will be desperate to prove his worth in India’s second innings.