'Humari zindagi ka maqsad sirf Orange Cap hai' - Rohit Sharma backs KL Rahul despite latter's repeated failures

India opening batter KL Rahul has been going through a forgettable batting form. There have been calls for Shubman Gill's inclusion.

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India vice-captain in Tests, KL Rahul has been going through a forgettable time with the bat in the last few months. His below-par performances have echoed the calls for his replacement in the form of Shubmn Gill. In the limited-overs games played by the latter last months, he was the player in form. Meanwhile, India skipper Rohit Sharma has backed Rahul for numerous reasons

"When you are playing on pitches like these, you need to find your methods of scoring runs. Different individuals are part of this team and they will have different methods of scoring runs. We are not going to look too much into what one individual is doing. It is about how everyone needs to come together. It is a big series for us, so yeah that is my thought on KL," he said in the post-match press conference.

"Of late, there has been lot of talk on his batting. But for us as team management, we always look at the potential of any individual, not just KL. I have been asked in the past about lot of players. If a guy has potential, guys will get that extended run," Rohit said.

KL Rahul scored one of the best Test hundreds overseas in 2021: Rohit Sharma

Sharma also pointed out Rahul's two Tests hundreds in 2021, one in England and the other in South Africa. The former showed faith in his opening partner's ability to do well in red-ball cricket.

"It is not just about KL, but anyone. If you look at couple of hundreds, he got outside India (England 2021 and SA 2022), one of the best I have seen from KL, especially the one at the Lord's. Batting on that damp pitch in England, (that too) after losing the toss and put in to bat is never easy. He (Rahul) put a great performance there and Centurion was another one. India won both those games. That is the potential he has," Rohit said.

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