With a superb match-winning show at Rajkot, KL Rahul has proved his mettle at every number he batted in recent times. From being an opener in Shikhar Dhawan’s absence to being a middle-order batsman in Dhawan’s return and a wicketkeeper in Rishabh Pant’s concussion, KL Rahul has been up to the mark. This makes him the firm favourite to get his place back in the red ball team even as selectors fret on all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s fitness before picking ODI and Test squads for the New Zealand tour on Sunday.
KL had lost his place in the Test squad after tour of Australia. But as skipper Virat Kohli said that it’s difficult to leave a player like Rahul from any squad, he has a better chance than fit-again Prithvi Shaw or Subman Gill who was reserve Test opener during home series last season. The other change in the Test squad could be fast-rising Navdeep Saini going as an extra pacer rather than Kuldeep Yadav as the third spinner since only one among Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja will make the playing XI.