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By Vinershea | Oct 27, 2020 02:08 PM

Hours after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named the T20I, Test and ODI squads for the upcoming international matches, Sanjay Manjrekar, the former Indian cricketer, was unhappy after KL Rahul's selection in the Tests squad.

sanjay manjrekar slams bcci over klrahul selection indvsaus squad

Looking into Rahul's performance, he has been in stupendous form in recent times.

Despite captaining Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), Rahul is also the Orange Cap holder.

sanjay manjrekar slams bcci over klrahul selection indvsaus squad

Not just that, the KXIP captain also holds the record for the highest individual score by a captain in the history of the cash-rich league when he played against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and scored an unbeaten 132 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

After Rahul was picked up for the Tests matches based on his IPL numbers, it did not please Manjrekar at all.

Taking to his social media handle, former Indian cricketer turned commentator said; “You set a bad precedent when you recall a player for Tests on IPL performance. Especially if the player has been an abject failure in his last few Tests. Whether that player succeeds or fails is irrelevant, such selections massively demotivate Ranji players. #INDvsAUS.”

sanjay manjrekar slams bcci over klrahul selection indvsaus squad

Meanwhile, his second tweet read as; "KL Rahul in his last 5 Test series – v SA – Avg 7.1 – v Eng – Avg 29 – v WI at home – Avg 18 – v Aus – Avg 10.7 – v WI – Avg 25.4 I say very lucky to get a recall based on IPL & white ball performance. But now let’s just hope he makes the most of this chance. Good luck to him!."

Taking a look at how Rahul played in August 2019 at Kingston in Jamaica. He last played a Test against the West Indies with an average of only 34.58 in 36 matches, which shows that he hasn’t quite lived up to potential in the longer format. 

So far, the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) captain has five centuries and 11 half-centuries after making his debut in 2014. Looking into these stats, Manjrekar pointed that going for Rahul indirectly meant demotivating the Ranji Trophy cricketers, who strain every sinew to make the national squad.

sanjay manjrekar slams bcci over klrahul selection indvsaus squad

Check out the tweets below:

அரசியல், விளையாட்டு, நாட்டுநடப்பு, குற்ற சம்பவங்கள், வர்த்தகம், தொழில்நுட்பம், சினிமா, வாழ்க்கை முறை என பலதரப்பட்ட சுவாரஸ்யமான செய்திகளை தமிழில் படிக்க இங்கு கிளிக் செய்யவும்      



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