KL Rahul has been behaving oddly for some time. The Indian batsman has scored a few half-centuries since rejoining the team after groin surgery, but he hasn’t been particularly convincing and, more significantly, hasn’t performed well in crucial matches. Rahul batted at No. 4 against Bangladesh, perhaps indicating that the team management no longer considers him a top-order option for the starting XI. Rahul was formerly considered India’s opening option in one-day internationals. In the first One Day International, Rahul batted against Bangladesh and reached the half-century mark, but in vain. It will be crucial to see if Rahul can still start once Suryakumar Yadav returns as Ravindra Jadeja comes into the middle order.

Rahul’s inclusion in India’s World Cup starting XI is in question, according to former batting coach Sanjay Bangar, given the fierce rivalry for the opening position. Ishan Kishan’s recent double-century against Bangladesh in Chattogram, in the opinion of the former Indian all-rounder, will limit Rahul’s prospects. In addition to Ishan, other contenders include Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Shubman Gill. Rahul won’t have an easy time making the Indian Playing XI when the World Cup visits India later this year since there are so many brilliant young players behind him, according to Bangar.

Rahul was one of up to seven players who led the Indian team in 2022, and according to Bangar, Rahul has lost favor now that Hardik Pandya is in the leadership of the T20I team on an ongoing basis while Rohit Sharma is away. Bangar said on ESPNCricinfo that KL Rahul could not currently be in the playing XI for 50-over cricket. Bangar has endorsed Pandya to follow Rohit as the next ODI and T20I captain, comfortably outpacing Rahul, who was left out of the Sri Lanka series. Pandya has also guided India to an unbeaten record, which is why Bangar has backed him to do so.

“Hardik Pandya’s team won the IPL title thanks in large part to the great captaincy he displayed. As a result, he would be a solid candidate to succeed Rohit Sharma as a leader when the time comes “the former India batting coach said.