Kl Rahul returned to action during the Asia Cup Super 4 clash against Pakistan. He proved his doubters wrong, smashing an unbeaten century on his return as India defeated Pakistan in a rain-hit match, which finished on the reserve day. Gautam Gambhir praised the management's decision to back Rahul as the wicketkeeper. Rahul's glovework also impressed Gambhir. Kl Rahul's form came at the right time for the Indian team as the ODI World Cup 2023 is knocking on the door.
"The number five position is now open. Whether Shreyas Iyer comes into it, whether they play Suryakumar at seven and Hardik at five or Jadeja at five, now KL Rahul has secured that number four spot as a wicketkeeper-batsman. So, it is pretty much clear, which is good for Indian cricket that they have backed KL Rahul as a wicketkeeper now and who's batting at number four. Before the game against Pakistan, he was not supposed to play that game. He came as a replacement and got that big hundred. He played good cricket and kept the wicket well against Jadeja and Kuldeep on a wicket that does grip. It is pretty much clear that KL Rahul is your wicketkeeper-batter going into the World Cup," Gambhir said on Star Sports.
The management has made it clear that Rahul will keep the wickets and bat at No. 4 during the ODI World Cup 2023.
"I think the team management has made it very clear that it's going to be KL Rahul who would be keeping in the World Cup because there was Ishan Kishan, and if Kishan was in the scheme of things of playing in the 11 against Australia, then he would have kept, wickets for India because he was the main wicket-keeper but now in the last two games KL Rahul has kept wicket," Gambhir explained.