KL Rahul made his return to return to competitive cricket, on January 28, after the indefinite suspension was lifted from the under-fire Indian batsman. Rahul, along with Hardik Pandya, was suspended by the CoA until the investigation was complete. The CoA-monitored BCCI banned the duo for making sexist remarks on the talk show – Koffee with Karan 6.
As India A squared off against England Lions in the third ODI match on Sunday, it was skipper Ajinkya Rahane who won the toss and elected to bat first. Opening the innings with Rahane, Rahul had a rocky start in his comeback match. Will Hardik Pandya Find a Place in the Playing XI for IND vs NZ 3rd ODI?
KL Rahul scored at a strike rate of 52, before being dismissed by Jamie Overton in the eighth over. Rahane’s dismissal on the first ball of the innings might have forced him to play against his otherwise attacking strokeplay, Rahul was caught out for 13 runs after playing 25 balls.
None of the other Indian batsmen was able to score fluently in their innings, as Deepak Chahar was the top-scorer for the side after hitting 39 runs from 65 balls India were bundled out for 172 runs eventually. 'Hardik Pandya And KL Rahul can Still be Role Models,' Feels India Former Captain and U-19 Coach Rahul Dravid Post KWK 6 Controversy.
In the run chase, the England Lions did not have a great start either. The England A team lost wickets at timely intervals and were sent packing on 112 in 31 overs. Krunal Pandya was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up four wickets in his six bowlers, for which he was given the ‘Player of the Match’ award. Karan Johar is 'Grateful' as BCCI Lifts Ban on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul After KWK 6 Fiasco, Says They Deserve a Second Chance (Watch Video).
With the 60-run win, the India A team are 3-0 up in the ongoing ODI series. However, all eyes were on KL Rahul, who was making his comeback after being flown during India’s tour to Australia. With all said and done, the dashing right-handed batsman failed to impress and would like to make amends during India A vs England Lions, 4th ODI 2019, on January 29!