The much-awaited biggest revelation relating to Indian cricket was made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday (April 15). The BCCI has announced the final 15-member squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup. There was a lot of buzz on the social media regarding the team announcement for the all-important 50-overs World Cup scheduled to kick off from May 30 in England and Wales.
There were many surprising selections unveiled by the MSK Prasad-led selection committee which also invited a lot of discussions. However, the talk of the town is surely Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) opener, KL Rahul, who is earned the dream opportunity of representing his nation in a big tournament such as the World Cup. Rahul has not been given many opportunities in the limited-overs format, but he has been in a great form in the ongoing IPL season.
KL Rahul will be reserve opener
MSK Prasad clarified Rahul’s role in the World Cup squad. He confirmed that Rahul will be serving purely as a reserve opener. Thus, he will probably come into contention when either of the two regular openers, Rohit Sharma or Shikhar Dhawan are injured. MSK Prasad also confirmed that Rahul has been earned the dream opportunity to play his first World Cup only due to his experience of playing some good amount of cricket in the overseas conditions. He has a lot of experience as compared to the youngsters who were in contention.
“To begin with, KL Rahul will be reserve opener. If the need arises the team management will take a call on him playing in the middle-order,” MSK Prasad said while addressing the media during the squad announcement on Monday.
Since making his debut in 2016 against Zimbabwe, the 26-year-old batsman has played 14 ODI matches so far. In his first outing, the Karnataka batsman has proved his presence to be counted with an unbeaten ton in Harare. There is no looking back since then, as he got the stranglehold of the spot in the team. He has also smashed five centuries in the longest format of the game and two brilliant hundreds in Twenty20 Internationals as well.