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KL Rahul offers flexibility for middle-order batting role in upcoming Australia Tests

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is one of cricket’s most anticipated Test series. The first Test between India and Australia is scheduled on February 9 at Nagpur. One of the latest areas of conversation has been the batting position of 30-year-old KL Rahul.

When Australia visited India in 2017, KL Rahul scored 393 runs, making him one of the series’ leading scorers. He salvaged his form with a 149-ball knock at the Oval in 2018, but he was still dropped from the Test team. As Australia prepares to return to India, the batter’s status in the team has grown doubtful owing to Shubman Gill’s recent spectacular form.

KL Rahul spoke up about his batting position in the squad at the pre-match press conference on Tuesday, saying, “If the team wants me to bat in the middle, I am ready to do it.”

With Shubman Gill, 23, in such excellent form, the wicketkeeper-job batter’s as opener seems to be in jeopardy. If Gill is picked to open for India against Australia, Rahul looks to have no difficulty batting lower in the order.

During the Test series, several seasoned players have supported the 23-year-old to open with captain Rohit Sharma. Rahul might go down the order if Gill establishes himself as the opener in all forms.

Rahul also said that the squad wanted to play three spinners since the pitches favoured spin “Because of the turning track in India, it would be tempting to play three spinners, but we will know the pitch on game day. Not determined on starting XI, difficult choice, a few of openings.”