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| On Updated : Feb 5, 2020 7:58 PM IST

‘KL should open’: Gautam Gambhir unimpressed with KL Rahul’s current ODI role

If there was ever a thing that Indian fans could have asked for off late would be an apt batsman for the #4 spot and a wicket-keeper batsman who could do the role of a finisher to fill Dhoni’s shoes. The #4 spot has been sealed by Shreyas Iyer once for all.
It is never an easy task to fill the void left by the legend MS Dhoni, but India seemed to have just found a new finisher who also happen to keep wickets in KL Rahul. But the former world cup winning member Gautam Gambhir doesn’t want to see Rahul as a finisher

KL Rahul shouldn’t be burdened with responsibilities- Gautam Gambhir
The #2 batsman in T20Is KL Rahul is a natural opener and has played facing the new ball throughout his first class and international career until he was made as a permanent no:5 bat for India in ODIs for now. Though KL Rahul seems to enjoy the role that is presented to him at the moment as a middle order wicket keeping batsman, the southpaw Gautam Gambhir is not impressed with this ploy.

Here’s what the 2 time IPL winning captain had to say about KL Rahul and his new designation in the Indian team

I am not sure if it is a great idea to remove KL Rahul from the top of the order. If anything India could have gone with a Rahul-Agarwal opening combination. Rahul is a valuable asset and should be well looked after. Yes, he has done some good work behind the stumps in the games that he has kept. But I am not sure he should be expected to keep in the 50-over format

In Rohit’s absence, Virat has his work cut out- Gautam Gambhir
India lost the 1st ODI and Kiwis registered their first win against India in the series after getting a 5-nil drubbing at the hands of the Indians in the T20I series. India are without the services of their 2 veterans of the white ball format in Rohit and Dhawan.

The former Indian captain reiterated the absence the Indian vice captain.

Kohli has his work cut out in the absence of Rohit. He will have to present his ‘A’ game if India are to challenge the hosts. Let us all go easy on young Prithvi. He is making a comeback. The word from the Mumbai maidans hasn’t been encouraging but we can do well to give some space to him

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