Do we actually require him? When he returns, will he be in excellent shape?, Styris wonders. India's
Do we actually require him? When he returns, will he be in excellent shape?, Styris wonders. India's star's spot in the starting XI
Scott Styris, a former player for New Zealand, has commented on India's problems with abundance, stating that the impactful performances that are being delivered by young players will eventually make it difficult for the senior members of the team to justify their places in the side if their performances dry up. Even without great players like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and KL Rahul, Team India has been able to maintain its dominance in international cricket by turning up outstanding T20 performances, with its young brigade leading the way.
When they return, Kohli and Bumrah may be considered locks, but what about the rest? Styris brought up an intriguing argument, particularly in reference to India's opener KL Rahul, who is presently out from the team due to health concerns. Styris' perspective is rather interesting, especially in light of the fact that openers for competitions like the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup have established themselves without Rahul.
"Players have a different mentality because they don't want to be benched or give other players opportunities. India, as far as I'm aware, has a really positive culture within its team, and as a result, it doesn't mind giving other players opportunities all the time. As a player myself, I am aware that you would never want to let another person the opportunity to replace you, "On the daily sports news programme "Sports Over The Top" on SPORTS18, Styris stated.
Rahul was scheduled to lead India in the home T20I series against South Africa, but the batsman suffered a groyne injury the day before and was sidelined. He had surgery in Germany, and it appeared that he would return for the current T20I series against the West Indies. Rahul had even uploaded photos and videos of his rehabilitation, but just as his recovery appeared to be on track, he was hit by Covid-19. Rahul will travel to Zimbabwe with the Indian team, but it is uncertain if he will have accumulated enough match experience by the Asia Cup.
"The fact that he is injured and currently absent from the team just means that other players are now free to enter the field, take the risk of scoring runs, and ask the selectors, "Do we really need KL Rahul?" like Suryakumar and Rishabh Pant are doing. Will he be in good shape when he returns? He has missed a lot of cricket, and because he was able to give other players the chance, a lot of questions now surround him "said the former all-rounder for New Zealand.