Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, stated that KL Rahul should be selected over Shubman Gill for the World Test Championship final despite the latter’s superior batting form over the past few months. Notably, the captain of the Lucknow Super Giants was omitted from the playing XI for the final two matches of the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and his future in Test cricket has appeared uncertain ever since. However, Vaughan noted that Rahul appears more secure against deliveries that move, so he should be selected over Gill.
The 48-year-old also recommended that India disregard the past, as the final against Australia is a one-off contest. He went on to say that Gill has a few technical flaws that he needs to address, so Rahul is the obvious choice for him. In addition, he discussed Gill’s hand technique, which tends to move toward the seaming ball, which increases his likelihood of nicking the ball to the slip cordons.
“The only difference they could make in English conditions is that KL Rahul is a stronger player on the move than Shubman Gill. Shubman is an exceptional young cricketer, but you must win this one game. Forget history; the World Test Championship will be won by selecting the eleven finest players. Shubman is a hazardous player when his shot is on target, but I’ve observed a few minor technical flaws. When the ball is in motion, he extends his hand a touch too far toward it.
You must choose the team for that single cricket match: Michael Vaughan Albeit, the former England captain, appeared to suggest that it is more essential to focus on a single game’s importance than on a player’s long-term qualities. Additionally, he doesn’t believe that Gill’s position will change to make room for Rahul, and the team’s think tank will be the only one to choose the playing XI for the grand final.
“He routinely strays from the path. I am unsure if they will replace Shubman with KL Rahul, as I am not present in the selection chamber. In an interview with Cricbuzz, Vaughan advised, “Don’t pick a team based on what’s next or who’s going to play in the West Indies; pick the team for that one game of cricket.”
In terms of statistics, Rahul has performed admirably in English conditions. In nine Tests, the opener has scored 614 runs at an average of 34.11 runs per match. Regarding Gill, the youth participated in two matches in England and scored 57 runs.