GK: Not too many problem areas in that series in the West Indies but one I think everyone is now wondering what that outcome will be for KL Rahul. Four innings, a couple of starts but really had not a very good series. Now there are other contenders for that role as opening batsman. Do you believe enough has happened for Rahul to lose his spot as the India opener now?
AK: Yeah, I mean it is a tricky situation that KL is in. KL has done well, like you said he has got starts but not converted them, got out. He has struggled, he looked like I think in the last innings, he looked like he is struggling to get bat on ball, he was not his usual self.
I think he seems to be in a bit of a mindset where he is not really sure whether to attack whether to defend. He is unsure, you can see it in his footwork. I think that’s the problem, it’s all in the mind, yes, there could be some technical issues but then if the mind is not clear, if the thought process is not clear, then that doesn’t help.
Then your technical issues get exaggerated. So, I think it’s important that he has a clear mind. The support has been there for KL Rahul, I think he needs to start scoring runs in domestic cricket. Once he gets a couple of hundreds in domestic cricket, then gets into a Test match scenario he’ll be a lot more confident.
I think it’s a confidence issue that is there with KL Rahul, yes that’s a position that probably there’ll be a lot of discussion before the next Test match that India plays in, but having said that, if you have won a Test series then you won’t go in unless there is a replacement, you know Prithvi Shaw is injured, so he’s coming back from that injury as well so unless there is a ready replacement, I am not really sure whether India will be looking at somebody else.
Yes, he certainly hasn’t done justice to the talent that he possesses so that’s the only thing probably goes against KL Rahul, he has not been consistent, hasn’t had a big score over the last 20 or 25 innings, except for one hundred at the Oval at the end of that series.