Selectors prioritized players comfortable batting in the middle overs (Nos. 4-6) like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson, while Rahul primarily opens in IPL.

Rahul's strike rate (around 144) might have been  lower than desired strike rate as compared to Pant (158+) and Samson (161+) for the fast-paced T20 format.

Rishabh Pant's return from injury have also affected Rahul's selection for WC.

With Suryakumar Yadav already established at No. 4, there wasn't a clear fit for Rahul in the middle order.

 Playing exclusively as an opener in the IPL might not have convinced selectors of his adaptability in the World Cup.

While Rahul performed well in recent IPL matches, selectors might have considered a broader timeframe.

Players like Shivam Dube or Rinku Singh, known for their finishing prowess, might have been preferred for specific roles.

The selectors might have opted for players suited to the current aggressive batting style in T20 cricket.

The chosen squad might prioritize a specific balance of experience and skillsets that Rahul didn't perfectly fit into.