Former cricketer Dodda Ganesh said the time has come for KL Rahul to ‘take off his socks’ and ‘bat the way he did in 2016-17’, adding that the waiting game he will play in the IPL that will not help them to cement their place in the team.
“Hooda and Sky have shown their intent in how T20 batting is done. Now is the time for KL Rahul to take off his socks and bat like he used to in 2016/17. If he continues to play the waiting game like IPL, he will have to struggle to retain his place,” tweeted Ganesh.
Hooda and Sky have shown their intent how to bat in T20Is. Now is the time for KL Rahul to take off his socks and bat like he used to in 2016/17. If he continues to play the waiting game like in IPL, he will have to fight to retain his place #doddamthu #crickettwitter
— Big Ganesh | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) 11 July 2022
One of the biggest highlights of India’s performance in the recently concluded T20I series against England was the aggressive approach with the bat from the ball itself. As mentioned by captain Rohit Sharma at the end of the series – what is this approach India Trying to continue before T20 World cup. The contributions of Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav are some prime examples of what India wanted to do.
KL Rahul’s scoring rate first came under scrutiny during his captaincy in the Kings XI Punjab IPL franchise, where he scored almost run-a-ball at a modest strike rate to play his entire twenty overs. In the last three IPLs, he has scored more than 600 runs, but his strike rate could not go beyond 140.00 in any edition, ndtv informed of.
Talking about the low strike rate, the Karnataka batsman had termed it “over rated”. Rahul had said during IPL 2020, “The strike rates are very, very high.” “For me, it’s just about how I can win games for my team. And if someday I think a strike rate of 120 can win matches for my team, I will do that. That’s what I do.” I bat like that and as a captain I want to take the responsibility. We all make mistakes, I am not saying that I have not made some mistakes, but you are every day as a leader, as a batsman. I learn.”
Rahul recently had a successful surgery for a sports hernia in Germany and is expected to be out of competitive cricket for the next few months. Rahul, who was forced out of the home T20I series against South Africa, faced fitness issues related to his lower abdomen, including a groin strain and hamstring injuries.