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'Why Rahul wasn't picked for Boxing Day Test?'

Source: ANI   -  Edited By: Laxmi Negi
December 25, 2020 21:36 IST
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IMAGE: KL Rahul was the vice-captain of India's white-ball team. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Ahead of the second Test against Australia, former chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth expressed his displeasure with Indian team management's decision of not picking KL Rahul for the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

 

Srikkanth tweeted, "Don't get why @klrahul11 is dropped for the boxing Test! #BoxingDayTest."

Earlier in the day, India named their playing XI for the second Test. The visitors made four changes as Shubman Gill comes in for Prithvi Shaw, Ravindra Jadeja for Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant for Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Siraj for Mohammad Shami. Gill and Siraj are set to make their debut in the red-ball game.

Surprisingly, there was no room for Rahul in the playing XI. The wicket-keeper batsman did not play a single game after the limited-overs series against Australia. He missed two practice matches against Australia 'A' and the first pink-ball Test at Adelaide Oval.

India are trailing 1-0 in the four-match series after a humiliating eight-wicket loss in the pink-ball Test. 

Virat Kohli will miss the remaining series as he was granted paternity leave by the BCCI to be with wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child. In Kohli's absence, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian side.

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