IND vs SA, 1st ODI: Was KL Rahul responsible for the loss?

KL Rahul
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South Africa defeated Team India in the first ODI of the three match series.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first and managed to put a good total of 296 runs at the loss of 4 wickets on board and then restricted India on 265 to win the match by 31 runs.

Both Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen smashed amazing centuries and lead Proteas to a great total.

Rassie van der Dussen was awarded with the player of the match for his splendid unbeaten knock of 129 runs of just 96 balls.

Was KL Rahul responsible for the loss

KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan came to open the Indian innings and chase the target of 297 runs.

KL Rahul
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The openers did get a start but failed to make it big as Rahul got out in the 9th over to end the 46 runs opening partnership.

Shikhar Dhawan was then joined by the former Indian skipper Virat Kohli to progress the scoreboard.

Both of them joined an amazing 92 runs crucial partnership and Shikhar Dhawan even completed his half century.

Virat Kohli smashed a good half century too before his departure in the the 29th over.

Virat Kohli
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The Indian middle order once again failed to perform and collapsed resulting in the India’s loss.

Shardul Thakur did try to carry on the innings and even completed his half century by the end of the Innings but couldn’t lead team to victory alone.

This match could be added as another failed chapter into KL Rahul’s captaincy book.

Rahul’s decision to not use his 6th bowler Venkatesh Iyer when the main five Bowlers failed to break Bavuma and Dussen is really questionable.

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KL Rahul yet again failed to perform with bat when he is under the pressure of the captaincy cap.

All these questions are valid to some extent cause of Rahul’s constant faliure as a skipper. He is undoubtedly a great batsman but is he a great captain?

The question can surely be answered in the upcoming matches.

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