IND vs AUS: The first ODI between India and Australia ended in India’s favor. It was a low-scoring thriller, with the hosts winning it by five wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Hardik Pandya led the team in Rohit Sharma’s absence. After winning the toss, India chose to bowl first. Although Australia had a fantastic start with Mitchell Marsh going all guns blazing. He scored 81 runs off just 65 balls, including five sixes and 10 fours.

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But once he got out, the Australian team suffered a collapse. From 129/2, they got bowled out for 188 runs in just 35.4 overs. Chasing the target, India also had a horrible start. They lost their first four wickets for just 39 runs in 10.2 overs. However, an unbeaten 108-run partnership between KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja sealed the deal for India. The hosts made 191/5 in 39.5 overs.

IND vs AUS: Salman Butt accuses BCCI for KL Rahul facing heavy criticism

IND vs AUS: "They Exposed Him By Playing Him Consistently"- Ex-PAK Skipper Accuses BCCI for KL Rahul Facing Huge Criticism
IND vs AUS: “They Exposed Him By Playing Him Consistently”- Ex-PAK Skipper Accuses BCCI for KL Rahul Facing Huge Criticism

KL Rahul was the top scorer for India. He remained not out on 75 from 91 balls, smashing seven fours and one six. After his resilient knock, many former Indian cricketers, cricket experts, and fans lauded the 30-year-old. But it was not long ago when Rahul suffered a huge backlash for his poor form across all formats. He was even dropped from the test team after failing to score in the first two tests against Australia.

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As a result, many targeted him on social media. Former Pakistani skipper Salman Butt has praised Rahul and blamed the BCCI for Rahul facing a lot of criticism. In a video uploaded on his YouTube channel, Butt said,

“KL Rahul was criticized a lot during his lean patch. I believe that India’s selection committee is to blame for Rahul’s criticism. They kept on playing him consistently, even though he was out of form. They exposed him by doing so. Yes, you need to give confidence to your players, but it can also be done through communication, and you can save them from unnecessary criticism.”

Rahul guided India in the tricky chase. He added 44 runs with Hardik (25) for the fourth wicket. Then an unbeaten century stand to close the game. Earlier, he was also sacked from the vice captaincy role because of his poor form. India will now lock horns with Australia in the second game on Sunday in Trivandrum.

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