Opening up batting is a difficult task for India, perhaps the toughest when you have players like Shikhar Dhawan and Ishan Kishan fighting for the same opportunity. Despite being one of India’s most consistent performers in T20Is, KL Rahul is under investigation after registering 1,0,0 in three T20Is against England. However, the right-handed attacker is supported by team management. First captain Virat Kohli called Rahul a ‘champion player’ and then batting coach Vikram Rathore called him India’s best T20 batsman ‘.
Rahul has not seen any kind of rhythm in the three T20Is against England so far, but Rathore said that anyone can have a lean phase ‘and something cheaply changes the fact that Rahul is in India’s T20’ Are the best ‘players.
Anyone can be a lean stage and KL has been our best batsman in the T20 format. He is averaging over 40, with a strike rate of 145 and 3 failures does not change the fact that he is the best batsman we have in this format. Rathore said India lost the third T20I by eight wickets against England in Ahmedabad.
He said, it is time we need to support him and I am sure that he will come out of the lean phase.
In the first match, Rahul pulls a Joffra Archer delivery back to his stumps, in the second, he is trapped by Sam Curran and on Tuesday, Rahul is beaten for a delivery by Mark Wood who rips his stumps.
The right-hander has not played any competitive cricket in the limited overs tour of Australia last year. While he has been with the Test team, practicing in the nets, the lack of batting in the middle order was evident in his rusty movement.
Rathore also agreed that rust could be a reason and all is a good shot to take it back.
He said, I believe that when they sit outside they get rusted, but the only thing we can do is to give them practice. They are doing a lot of net sessions and even middle (strips).
He said, they can do all this and we can only hope for one innings or one shot and would like KL Rahul.