After the ban on the Indian cricketers was lifted, things are looking to be on a rise for pace bowler, Hardik Pandya, who has been included in the main Indian cricket team for their tour to New Zealand and has proven himself to be crucial during the two matches that he has played in, while his partner in crime, KL Rahul continues to find a dark cloud hovering above his head.
2019 has not been kind to the Indian batsman who has experienced one adversity after another. Even before the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the Committee of Administration (CoA) put up sanctions on the opener, Rahul was amidst a bad form during the four-match Test series against Australia.
During the first Test Down Under at the Adelaide Oval, after scoring a decent 44 of 67 balls in his first innings, Rahul's ill-formed stint started in the second innings, when he got caught out on the eighth ball on a Josh Hazlewood delivery.
Ever since, the Mangalore-born has not spent a lot of time at the crease. In the second Test, in Perth, Rahul was sent back to the dressing room on a duck and on 2 runs in the first and second innings respectively.
After being dropped by the team in the third match, Rahul was brought back for the fourth and final match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The fact that this match was extremely important for India to finally win a Test series on Australian soil played a huge role in the selectors facing a lot of hate online for Rahul's re-entry.
People were sceptical of Rahul as he had disappointed the team with his consistently bad performances and their scepticism was bang on as yet again, Rahul was dismissed cheaply.
A few days ago, when the CoA decided to put an end to the suspension, they asked Rahul to join Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane in the India A team for a five-match one-dayer series against the England Lions. With the 2019 World Cup approaching, the BCCI is trying to bring back Rahul's lost confidence as he is considered to be a key role-player for the WC roster.
Alas, Rahul is seemingly nowhere close to his glory days as he looked uncomfortable against the Lions from the get-go and got caught out by Zak Chappell off Jamie Overton after scoring only 13 runs, albeit scoring two boundaries.
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Although India A have won the first three unofficials to book the series in their favour, Rahul's bad form is a matter of huge concern for the cricketer.
In a country where literally thousands of extremely talented cricketers are standing in the line, hungry to get that one opportunity to show their worth, a dark stint like Rahul's can lead a career down to the ground, no matter how remarkable it once used to be.