'When you fail for a while, obviously there will be criticism' - Sourav Ganguly about Kl Rahul

Ganguly opened up about the criticism Kl Rahul is getting due to his underperformances in recent times and the probable reasons behind it

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Sourav Ganguly isn't so surprised at the criticism of KL Rahul. This is obvious and understandable that fans will criticize a certain player when they will underperform. Kl Rahul has lost so much time in his career due to heavy injuries but now when he is back he has to make a comeback to prove his worth in the Indian Cricket Team. India is one of the top teams in the world in terms of Cricket. The fans are always highly demanding the result so that is pretty obvious. Ganguly also said that Rahul's problems in Test cricket - he hasn't crossed 25 in his last ten innings - are both technical and psychological.

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"When you don't score runs in India, obviously you will get flak. KL Rahul hasn't been the only one. There have been players in the past also," Ganguly told PTI on the sidelines of a Delhi Capitals pre-season camp. "There's so much focus and attention with a lot of pressure on players. The team management thinks he is an important player for the team. At the end of the day, what coach and captain thinks is important."

Rahul's last half-century came in Johannesburg in January 2022, the same series in which he scored his last Test century. Overall, after 47 Tests, he has an average of 33.44, which regressed to 13.57 in the last 12 months.

"It also makes it hard if you are playing on these sorts of pitches as the balls are turning and bouncing," Ganguly said of Rahul's struggles. "There's uneven bounce and when you are not in form, it makes it even harder."

"He has performed but obviously you expect a lot more from a top-order batter playing for India because the standards set by others are so high," Ganguly said. "When you fail for a while, obviously there will be criticism. I am sure Rahul has the ability and I am sure as and when he gets more opportunities, he will have to find ways to score."

Rahul was the vice-captain for the first two Tests. Now when he is dropped there have not been announced names for the position.

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