After Shubman Gill had already been ruled out of the entire series, Agarwal, the backup opener, would return to Test eleven. But a persistent concussion in a net session two days before the match through a shot from a bouncer by Mohammed Siraj forced him to sit on the bench of the Nottingham match.
Salman Butt believes that KL Rahul should be the batsman who bats at the top for various reasons. KL Rahul last played a Test match against Western India in September 2019 before being replaced by Rohit Sharma. Butt noted that the right hand is mature and has made adjustments in his game.
He further pointed out that KL Rahul has been in excellent white ball form since he was left from the Test office, and that he came a hundred in the warm-up match, even though he hit in the middle order in that match. Not to forget, he gained a century during the 2018 tour in London.
‘KL Rahul looks like a transformed cricketer. He has improved a lot himself and is now a more mature cricketer. He fought his demons and worked on making additions to his game. KL Rahul has definitely shown improvement. As Sunil Gavaskar rightly pointed out, KL Rahul scored a century in the three-day match against County Select XI, ‘Salman Butt said in his YouTube video.
Also during the last Test of the previous tour of India in 2018, he scored a century. All these points in mind and looking at his current form, KL Rahul should be the best person to open up, with Mayank Agarwal injured and Shubman Gill ruled out. He did a great job in one-day matches. He therefore has the best mindset to open (among the available options), ”he added.
KL Rahul has the confidence, he is the one who has to open the batting field: Sunil Gavaskar
The legendary Indian opener and captain Sunil Gavaskar previously thought that Rahul should be the one to replace Agarwal. He said the 29-year-old was filled with confidence because of his highest form, whether in white ball or red ball cricket.
‘KL Rahul who scored a century in the warm-up match, I think he should be the person to open for India in the first Test. At a century, Rahul also has the confidence, it is he who has to open the batting line-up, ‘ANI said according to Gavaskar.