Former India batsman, VVS Laxman is not all impressed with KL Rahul’s form. Rahul has got a sustained run in the Indian Test team despite his repeated failures. India has a vast pool of resources and even after that, they have been giving endless chances to Rahul than trying someone new at this place. Laxman feels Rahul is a concern, adding he has ‘often flattered to deceive’.

Rahul managed scores of 44, 38, 13 and 6 in four innings in West Indies. Despite question marks over Rahul’s place, somehow, he gets the captain’s nod, which surprises people at large. Perhaps, the team management believes in his prodigal abilities but the question is for how long?

In the last seven Test series barring the one-off Test against Afghanistan, Rahul’s highest average in any single series has been 29.90, which is poor, to say the least, especially for an opener, who has a major role to play at the start of the innings.

“There were lots of positives for India, but question marks hang over the batting,” Laxman wrote in Times of India. “Cheteshwar Pujara must be disappointed at a modest start to a new season, but the greater concern is over KL Rahul. His ability is never under question, and he is no longer a newcomer to Test cricket. He has got numerous opportunities, but he has often flattered to deceive. India will look for more from him and Rishabh Pant, both with the bat and the gloves, in future.”

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