Last Update: April 19, 2023, 8:38 PM IST
KL Rahul has been among the runs in the 2023 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) but has been scrutinized by fans and pundits for his slow strike rate.
During match number 26 of the IPL between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday, KL Rahul was again restrained in his approach with the bat.
On commentary, Kevin Pietersen was irked by KL Rahul’s lack of aggression with the bat and reportedly said on air, “Watching KL Rahul bat is the most boring thing I’ve ever come across.”
– Rocky (@LoyalForKohli) April 19, 2023
Kevin Pietersen – This is the last ball of the powerplay, even if KL Rahul gets out after playing a big shot, it will not matter to LSG. He should hit a four or a six. KL Rahul: Pushes the ball past the bowler and takes it for a single.
— Rahul Sharma (@CricFnatic) April 19, 2023
Oh man.. Kevin Pietersen said this in the live commentary “Watching KL Rahul bat in the powerplay is the most boring thing I have ever done.”— messi_10_rohit_45 (@messirohajith) April 19, 2023
Virender Sehwag, however, feels that KL Rahul is a better batsman than Sanju Samson.
“If you talk about establishing yourself in the Indian team, I believe KL Rahul is far better than Sanju Samson. He has played Test matches and scored centuries in many countries. Sehwag had said on Cricbuzz, he has done well both as an opener and in the middle order in ODIs and has scored runs in T20 cricket as well.
“KL Rahul is back in form. He scored runs in the last match. Yes, his strike rate may not live up to people’s expectations, but his form is a great sign. Rajasthan do not have any other fast bowler other than Trent Boult who has pace or is very dangerous. They have dangerous spinners, but if KL Rahul bats for long, he will definitely take them apart,” Sehwag said.