Former Australia captain Aaron Finch believes KL Rahul adopting an aggressive approach right from the beginning of his innings which helps India to do well heading into the 2023 World Cup semi-finals. Rahul smashed 102 runs off 64 balls as India posted a massive 410/4 in their last league game against the Netherlands in Bengaluru on Sunday. The hosts then bowled out the Netherlands for 250 to register a convincing 160-run win.
During a discussion on Star Sports, Finch added: “The way that he started was the most impressive thing. Sometimes he likes to take a few balls to get into his innings but he was right on from the start today, and especially on the back of that start from Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. That’s exactly what India needed. I think to win the tournament, that middle order has to be prepared to put the foot down a little bit earlier, and between KL (Rahul) and Shreyas (Iyer) today, that was unbelievable batting.”
However, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer added 208 runs for the fourth wicket in only 21.1 overs. Meanwhile, the latter scored an unbeaten 128 off 94 deliveries with the help of 10 fours and five sixes as well. And, Imran Tahir said KL Rahul showed once again that he was India’s original 360-degree player before Suryakumar Yadav came as well.
“He used to play a lot of shots earlier but he has done some corrections and become a proper player. However, the last part of his innings we saw, especially the no-look shot he played and the way he middles the ball, I feel he is an extremely good player. It’s extremely difficult to bowl to such players, especially in the death overs. He can play the cut, hit over mid-on, mid-off and midwicket, and scoop the ball as well. He played a wonderful innings,” he stated.