KL Rahul was bowling for a duck after being beaten by the rhythm of Mark Wood as India came down with eight goalkeepers on Tuesday in the third T20I in Ahmedabad to England. The 28-year-old has scored just one set of three changes in the series so far.
However, defending KL Rahula at a post-match press conference, Rathour expressed confidence that the prolific T20 scorer would soon return among the races. He said:
“Everyone can have a lean phase. In the last year KL (Rahul) is our best hitter in T20 format. He averages 40 or more with a hit number of 145. Three failures don’t change the fact that he’s perhaps the best hitter we have in his format. He has done very well for us over the past year. ”
According to the Indian kicking coach, this is the time for the team to stand behind KL Rahul and they will do the same. Rathour added:
“As a team, we have to support him. I am absolutely sure that he will get out of this slender phase he is going through. ”
White ball players like KL Rahula are getting a bit rusty: Vikram Rathour
Rathour agreed with the observation that the white ball players have rusted a bit as they enter the series, as India has recently played test matches. He admitted:
“I agree with you. They (the white ball players) are getting a little rusty. The best we can do is keep giving them exercises. They’ve had a lot of net sessions. And they’ve been hitting in the middle. That’s all we can do and hopefully that one inning or one kick and people like KL Rahul will get back in shape. ”
Indian captain Virat Kohli also supported KL Rahula in the post-match presentation, calling him the champion. Kohli has claimed that the striker will open one of India’s top strikers in that format, along with Rohit Sharma.
KL Rahul has an excellent T20I record. In 48 games for the state, the right-hander amassed 1,543 runs, making it a healthy average of 40.6 and a strike rate of 143.13. Batsman also killed two hundred and fifty in T20I cricket.