While the entire batting unit was struggling in the ongoing ODI series against Bangladesh, KL Rahul top-scored with 73 to take the team to a score of 186. If Rahul had got support from the other end, maybe Team India would have managed to make a score beyond 200 as well. However, this did not happen and Team India had to face defeat by 1 wicket. In this match, KL Rahul batted at number 5 in the absence of Rishabh Pant and also took care of wicket-keeping. Indian former captain Sunil Gavaskar was happy with this performance of KL Rahul and called Rahul an all-rounder during his statement, Little Master also gave the logic behind it.
Talking to Sony Sports, Gavaskar said, ‘He is batting at No.5 for India, with Dhawan and Rohit Sharma opening the innings most of the time and Virat Kohli playing at No.3. He has been batting at No.5 for a while now. May be he is trying to strengthen this position. This gives India the option of an additional all-rounder. He further said, ‘If you have someone as an option in the middle order who can do wicket-keeping, then you can consider taking another bowler. I call him an all-rounder because he can keep wickets, he can open and he can bat at No.5. As far as I feel KL Rahul is an all-rounder and with his kind of experience and the kind of shots he has, he is the kind of finisher you want at No.5 or 6. Pant has been India’s regular wicketkeeper in the absence of Rahul in the ODI format. Pant has scored 336 runs in 12 ODIs this year at an average of 37.33 with one century and three fifties. On the other hand, KL Rahul has played only 8 ODIs this year, including the first ODI against Bangladesh, in which he scored 229 runs at an average of 32.71 with two fifties.