India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday made it clear that ‘established opener’ KL Rahul will be included in the Playing XI for the second Test against Sri Lanka starting Thursday at the SSC.
Rahul missed the opening Test at Galle as he was laid low by viral fever. However, his absence didn’t affect the team’s performance as they registered a historic 304-run victory to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
“KL has been our established opener. So, I think one of the openers will have to make way for KL because what, he has done in the past two years, has been very solid and he deserves to come back and start fresh in Test cricket again,” said Kohli in a press conference on the eve of the Colombo Test.
The skipper, however, didn’t say as to who out of Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund, will pave way for Rahul, adding that a final decision will be taken only after the team meeting after evening practice.
“We have a team meeting after the practice and we can clarify more after the meeting but according to me, KL is definitely coming back at the top order,” he said.
The 28-year-old further insisted that Rahul deserves to be backed by the team management as he has delivered with the “big performances” in the time of need.