KL Rahul has been out-of-form in the ongoing T20 World Cup and he registered yet another low score against South Africa, scoring just 9 runs off 14 balls.
The Men in Blue has got a wake-up call after a below-par performance against South Africa. India’s top order has been exposed where once again the dynamic right-handed batter KL Rahul‘s form is nowhere great. The batter looks in two minds whether to attack or defend.
Opening batter; KL Rahul has been out-of-form in the ongoing T20 World Cup and he registered yet another low score against South Africa, scoring just 9 runs off 14 balls. In the three matches that India have played so far, Rahul has recorded scores of 4,9 and 9.
Team India would like to quickly regroup as there’s no time to reflect on the loss in a short tournament. It won’t be wrong to say that the batting lineup of India is too much dependent on the former skipper Virat Kohli.
Sunil Gavaskar on KL Rahul
Sunil Gavaskar was seen interacting with India Today and was asked about KL Rahul. “We have Paddy Upton as the mental conditioning coach and if he has not done anything with him. While the batting coach can tell him his mistakes, there is a need for the mental conditioning coach to talk with the player to increase his confidence. He should tell Rahul that he has got the talent and he can score big runs.” said Gavaskar.
“Look, you have just played three matches and you have to play a total of 5 matches in the Super 12 stage. You do not have any other opener; I do not think you have an opener who can take the place of Rahul. So you need to show patience with him, we know what he can do when he is in full flow. I think someone needs to have a word with him.” he added.
IND vs BAN: A Crucial Match for The Men in Blue
Suryakumar Yadav was the only bright star with the bat in hand as he played a knock of 68 runs off just 40 balls with the help of 6 fours and 3 sixes.
Chasing 134, Aiden Markram and David Miller hit 50s for South Africa and the Proteas chased down the target with five wickets in hand and two balls to spare.
The Men in Blue would be well aware of the 2016 T20 WC against Bangladesh; where Bangladesh almost won a thriller. India should not take Bangladesh lightly by any means as they have got a lot of match-winners present in the team who can pull off a heist.
Bangladesh on the other hand knows that they can spoil the party of India. Bangladesh still has a thin chance of qualifying for the Semi Final but they can’t afford to lose their next 2 matches against India and Pakistan. Bangladesh’s newly adopted fearless approach has been quite fruitful.