KL Rahul will no longer be an option for selectors in Test cricket. But after his brilliant performance in T20 cricket, he has definitely given the selectors a 'happy headache'. It is never easy for the player when he is included in the team playing XI as a replacement instead of a player. But when Rahul got an opportunity at the opening after Shikhar Dhawan got injured, he has proved himself to be an important flywheel in the galloping car of Indian batting.
On Wednesday night at the Wankhede ground, 27-year-old KL Rahul played a brilliant innings of 91 runs in 56 balls. During this, he shared a 135-run partnership for the first wicket with his partner Rohit Sharma and then with captain Virat Kohli for the third wicket at the crease of the last over of the innings. Virat also played a crucial 95-run partnership with Rahul before being dismissed. Team India beat West Indies by 67 runs in this crucial match of the series thanks to the superb batting by Rahul, Rohit and Virat.
These days Rahul is performing brilliantly with his bat. In the last 4 T20 Internationals, he has scored three half-centuries, of which 2 have appeared on important occasions in the match. The 27-year-old got a place in the playing XI due to Shikhar Dhawan's injury, so he took the opportunity with both hands. After his great batting, questions are now raised whether Dhawan will be the first choice as an opener after recovering from injury, who is seen struggling in T20 cricket these days or whether KL Rahul will get preference over him.
Surely it would not have been an easy situation for KL Rahul, as he has been in and out of the team continuously for some time. As soon as he returns to the team, great performances are expected from him. On this question Rahul said, 'I will not say that I do not feel this (pressure) at all. Certainly, it is not easy for any player to stay in and out of the team.