MSK Prasad wants KL Rahul to follow VVS Laxman's footsteps to make Test comeback

India vs South Africa 2019: KL Rahul has been dropped from the Test squad for the Test series against South Africa next month
MSK Prasad wants KL Rahul to follow VVS Laxman's footsteps to make Test comebackMSK Prasad wants KL Rahul to follow VVS Laxman's footsteps to make Test comeback
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KL Rahul has been dropped for the upcoming three-match Test series against South Africa. Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad has said that he will benefit if he follows the footsteps of VVS Laxman as it would help him to get back into the side.

Barring a century against England last year, KL Rahul has failed to score big and cement his place in the Test squad in Murali Vijay's absence. Even in the recent tour to West Indies, he failed to score a half-century. It means that the team management would try either Rohit Sharma or Shubman Gill as an opener alongside Mayank Agarwal in the upcoming home series against South Africa.

MSK Prasad said, "We definitely communicated to KL. He is an exceptional talent and unfortunately his form has dipped in red-ball cricket. With Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay gone, we can't keep changing both the openers in the side. Someone had to stick around. And probably with seniors exiting, KL got more opportunities. Unfortunately, he was not delivering consistently. He delivered in patches and that's why we backed him because when he is on song, he is a treat to watch."

"When VVS Laxman was once dropped from the Indian team, he went back to domestic cricket, scored 1400 runs in the Ranji Trophy and come back."

The first Test will be played at Visakhapatnam from October 2 after the 3 match T20I series. The second and third Test will be played at Pune and Ranchi from October 10 and October 19 respectively.

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