Right-handed batsman KL Rahul faced the heat on Twitter after he scored just four runs during the second day of the first Test match against England at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on August 2.
KL Rahul, who came to bat at No 3 after the departure of Indian opener Murali Vijay could only manage to play two deliveries before being bowled out with just 4 runs under his name.
During the last ball of the 14th over, Rahul reached out to a full delivery by Sam Curran and tried to drive but the ball took the inside edge and it shattered the stumps.
Following Rahul’s poor show, Twitterati showed no mercy in criticising him and drawing comparisons with Cheteshwar Pujara, saying he was a ‘much better’ option.
Earlier, Virat dropped Pujara from the playing to include in-form KL Rahul at the No 3 position but the Indian skipper’s decision is not going his way.
Here are some of the reactions:
— Deepak Raj Verma (@iconicdeepak) August 2, 2018
— Axiom (@1stAxiom) August 2, 2018
This is the only issue with KL Rahul in Test cricket. He can be really loose early in his innings.
— Karthik Krishnaswamy (@the_kk) August 2, 2018
Lol. KL Rahul nothing more than HYPE. #ENGvIND
— ______ _ (@fake_bumrah_) August 2, 2018
Kl rahul is best as opener when he comes at no3 or no 4.he is so nervous its better to open with rahul and vijay and pujara at 3. Any how dhawan is not scoring should be replaced with kl rahul.#ENGvsIND #KLRahul #Pujara
— Mohammed akram (@indianjabrafan) August 2, 2018
Hi KL Rahul, when they told you you should leave more often when batting, they didn’t mean you should the ground only ya!
That shot was an insult to the memory of another Rahul who also batted at no 3 in tests.
— Bongolorean (@Calvinator_18) August 2, 2018
Meanwhile, team India is struggling as they lost 3 early wickets with 63 runs on board in 19 overs. They are still trailing by 223 runs.
Earlier, England could add just two runs to their overnight total of 285 runs in their first innings before being bundled out on the second morning.