When Class Meets Aggression: Why KL Rahul Is A Vital Cog In The Indian Team

Experienced Indian opener smashes consecutive fifties in the South African series 

KL Rahul is back to form. The Karnataka cricketer has answered all his critics with a back-to-back fifties. The promising Indian batter smashed a 28-ball 57 to guide his team to a stunning 16-run-win against South Africa in Guwahati on Sunday. Rahul hit five fours and four towering sixes in his blazing knock. 

Advertisement

Opening with Rohit Sharma, the 30-year-old looked set from the word go. The exciting Indian talent made the most of the fielding restrictions during the power play overs. He rocketed to his fifty with a strike rate of over 200. 

How Rahul is important for Team India

Earlier, Rahul was ruled out of the Indian eleven after the IPL with injuries. The Karnataka cricketer underwent rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy. He returned to the Indian team on the Zimbabwe tour and scored a fifty in the final ODI. 

Rahul then played in the Asia Cup. He had an average tournament for his standards. Rahul scored 132 runs from six games, including a well-compiled 62 against Afghanistan. However, his overall performance in the tournament raised many questions. Rahul was scrutinized for his sedate 35 run-knock off 37 balls versus Hong Kong. Many fans and experts posed questions about his slow batting. They wondered how he would score freely in the T20 World Cup.

However, KL already showed signs of revival in his fifty against Afghanistan. He followed suit in the Australian series, and showed his aggressive style, even though big scores were missing. 

Rahul in the South African series

The exciting opener hit a 56-ball 51 in bowling-friendly conditions in Thiruvananthapuram. Rahul showed his attacking style in the second T20I with a fluent fifty. The opener’s return to form is great news for India because he adds stability and solidness to the packed top order.

Meanwhile, fans and experts would hope the Indian opener keeps going in the T20 World Cup, starting on October 16. The Indian opener is crucial because he offers consistency and aggression at the top and has a sublime record with Rohit Sharma as the opening pair.

 

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More