One of the striking features of India’s only net practice ahead of the Super 12 clash against Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup 2022 in Adelaide was the long chat between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul where the former India captain did the majority of the talking. With scores of 0, 9, and 9 against Pakistan, the Netherlands, and South Africa, Rahul has been witnessing a rough patch. On the other hand, Kohli, along with Suryakumar Yadav, has been India’s most prolific run-scorer in the tournament so far.
Reacting to Kohli’s chat with Rahul, legendary India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said Kohli could be telling Rahul about being tight outside the off stump. During a chat on India Today, Sunil Gavaskar said, “He’s (Kohli) the senior player, has bags of runs in every format, this has been his favorite ground, and he’ll be able to tell him what to do.”
He further added, “I think he was trying to say that the ball outside off stump could cause trouble to anybody early in the innings when you are not certain about your off stump.” You are not certain where the ball is gonna move. You tend to play at deliveries which you would otherwise leave and in this format, you can’t afford to leave deliveries. He’s got out a couple of times dragging the ball onto his stumps, at Perth, the extra bounce did him but he’s a class act, let’s not forget that.”
KL Rahul has gone out on both the outside and inside edges in the ongoing T20 World Cup so far but Sunil Gavaskar feels that’s not because of the technical faults, but because there is a problem with the mindset. The former captain of India believes Rahul does not have enough belief in his abilities.
Elaborating the same, Sunil Gavaskar said, “Every time I see Rahul not scoring runs, I get the impression, he does not actually know the kind of ability he has. He doesn’t seem to believe in himself. He is a fabulous player and has loads of ability. He’s got to start saying ‘I’m gonna go and knock the stuffing out of the ball’. He’s got to have that kind of attitude. I want him to swagger. It will make a whole difference.”