In the absence of Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha, KL Rahul, who played the wicketkeeper in the ongoing practice match against County Select XI, claimed his place by scoring a century in the first Test. Rahul played an amazing innings of 101 runs. However, Rahul did not find a place in the World Test Championship final XI. At the same time, he also played his last Test in 2019. In such a situation, the big question is whether KL will be able to secure a place in the XI in the first Test against England. According to former Indian cricketer and commentator Akash Chopra, if the team decides to go with six batsmen, Rahul could be included in the team.
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Speaking on his YouTube channel, Akash said Rahul could get a place in the XI for the first Test match. He said Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha have not practiced and are part of the World Test Championship team. Rahul said that if former opener Rishabh Pant did not play, Rahul could easily be ranked in the middle order. At the same time, he said that if Pant played and India decided to go with six batsmen, Rahul could get a chance. Akash said that the current Indian team usually gives more priority to players with good form and that goes in favor of Rahul.
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Rahul appeared in excellent rhythm during the three-day warm-up match. He scored 101 off 150 balls and this time he hit 11 fours and a six. At the same time, KL was looking at good keeping as a wicketkeeper. Rishabh Pant found Kovid positive during the bio-bubble break and has been isolated ever since. After coming off a Test in the negative on July 19, Pant has now joined the team in Durham and will play in the second warm-up match on July 28.