The writing is on the wall for KL Rahul. He was an all-format captaincy material not too long ago and now he is likely to lose his spot in at least two formats. Despite the backing from head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma, it was evident that his spot in the XI was doubtful after he was removed as vice-captain for the third and fourth Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Shubman Gill, who has been in tremendous form in white-ball cricket in the last few months, is set to replace Rahul in India’s XI. A lot has been written and spoken about Rahul’s form in red-ball cricket. He hasn’t crossed the 30-run mark in his last 10 innings and his overall career average of 33 after 47 Tests doesn’t ooze confidence. India’s Predicted XI for the third Test vs Australia includes Shubman Gill in place of KL Rahul, and Umesh Yadav for Mohammed Siraj.
Today: December 2, 2023