Rohit Sharma opens up on KL Rahul’s prolonged lean patch
By SMCS - Feb 20, 2023 1:40 pm
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After facing failure in the Nagpur Test against Australia last week, India opener KL Rahul couldn’t contribute with the bat in the second Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test in Delhi. Despite his scores of 22, 23, 10 and 2 in an away two-match Test series against Bangladesh in December 2022, KL Rahul was preferred in India’s playing XI over the in-form batter Shubman Gill as well.

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KL Rahul failed in Chattogram

However, he also failed to repay the faith of the team management, scoring 20, 17 and 1 over the three innings as well.

“When you are playing on pitches like these, you need to find your methods of scoring runs,” Rohit said about Rahul at the post-match press conference. “Different individuals are part of this team and they will have different methods of scoring runs. We are not going to look too much into what one individual is doing. It is about how everyone needs to come together. It is a big series for us, so yeah that is my thought on KL.”

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“Of late, there has been lot of talk on his batting. But for us as team management, we always look at the potential of any individual, not just KL. I have been asked in the past about lot of players. If a guy has potential, guys will get that extended run,” he said.

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KL Rahul and Shubman Gill

Rohit Sharma also touched upon Rahul’s stunning exploits in the testing conditions of England and South Africa.

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“It is not just about KL, but anyone. If you look at couple of hundreds, he got outside India (England 2021 and SA 2022), one of the best I have seen from KL, especially the one at the Lord’s. Batting on that damp pitch in England, (that too) after losing the toss and put in to bat is never easy. He (Rahul) put a great performance there and Centurion was another one. India won both those games. That is the potential he has,” Rohit Sharma concluded. “Of late there have been talks… it was clear from our side that we want him to go out and play his game.”