IPL 2024
Brett Lee Criticizes KL Rahul’s Batting Approach In IPL Match
By CricShots - May 7, 2024 7:55 pm
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Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee expressed disappointment with the LSG skipper, KL Rahul’s performance in Lucknow Super Giants’ recent match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Ekana Stadium. Rahul’s slow start, scoring 25 runs off 21 balls while chasing a formidable target of 236, drew criticism from Lee. He believed Rahul’s cautious approach put undue pressure on the rest of the batting lineup, ultimately contributing to Lucknow’s defeat by 98 runs and their subsequent drop to fifth place on the points table.

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KL Rahul is failing to play at a brisk pace in IPL 2024

Lee highlighted the contrasting opening partnerships, particularly praising KKR’s Phil Salt and Sunil Narine for their aggressive start, which he felt set the tone for the match. In contrast, Lucknow struggled to find momentum, with Rahul’s sluggish innings exacerbating the situation.

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“If you look at both opening batters from both sides, it’s a complete contrast. KKR have got it right. They’re out of the blocks quickly, they’re scoring runs. And then you got KL Rahul on the other side, that’s, you know, getting a run a ball and putting a lot of pressure on the back end,” Brett Lee remarked on Jio Cinema.

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Brett Lee

Brett Lee expressed concern over Rahul’s inconsistent performances throughout the tournament, noting a decline in his strike rate from earlier matches. He emphasized the pressure on Rahul to perform and the need for him to contribute significantly with the bat.

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Lucknow Super Giants face upcoming challenges against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals, and Mumbai Indians, all away matches. To secure a spot in the playoffs, they must win the majority of these games and rely on favorable outcomes from other teams.