The Indian Cricket team is blessed with some really talented batsman and often have a problem of plenty, too many batsmen, and no space to accommodate them all. The IPL has helped sort this problem giving everyone an opportunity to perform at the big stage and prove to the selectors that they’re worthy of a place in that elusive eleven that our country pins all its hopes on. 

One such player who has been in and out of the Indian side is KL Rahul, the Mangalore born Wicketkeeper Batsman has had a terrific 2018 IPL and was definitely one of the only consistent positives in Kings XI Punjab’s inconsistent campaign. Rahul finished the Season as the third highest run scorer with 659 runs, with 6 half-centuries, an average of 54.91, strike-rate of a 158.40 and is also now the record holder of the fastest fifty in IPL history reaching the milestone in just 14 balls with 6 fours and 4 sixes. All this from a player who was labeled a Test Specialist.

Rahul’s consistent performance in the IPL has earned him a call-up in all three formats for the upcoming tour of England and the one-off Afghanistan Test in Bangalore. Rahul’s technique and timing are his greatest strengths, barring some unorthodox sweep shots this season majority of Rahul’s shots have been elegant, proper cricketing shots. The sweetness with which he finds the middle of the bat and the sheer elegance with which he has gone about his game has been nothing short of commendable, Rahul has been an absolute treat to watch. 

Here’s why the BCCI selectors need to seriously consider Rahul as a regular in all three formats, firstly Rahul without any sinew of doubt has the most effortless batting style and strong technique after captain Virat Kohli, to make his case stronger Rahul is just 26 years old and is entering the prime years of his career. Rahul has already proven himself at the international level and is the only Batsman after Suresh Raina to have scored a Century in all three formats for India, he has cemented his side in the Test team and it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a regular in the ODI and T20I team as well.

But in my opinion, Rahul’s strongest asset and something that could really help him in the future, is his wicket-keeping. MS Dhoni is without a doubt India’s best keeper-batsman at the moment, but the Legendary ‘captain cool’ will turn 37 this year, which would mean that very soon India will have to fill the void of not only a great captain and personality but also of a very good Keeper. Here’s where Rahul comes in, keeping wickets for the Kings XI Punjab, KL has been safe behind the wickets with 11 dismissals and looked comfortable while KXIP’s spin trio of Mujeeb, Axar, and Ashwin was bowling as well. If Rahul can consistently do well with the big gloves on, India wouldn’t have to sacrifice a batsman for a specialist keeper.

I hope your reading BCCI! KL Rahul is here to stay.

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