KL Rahul will be at his aggressive best in IPL 2021, says Wasim Jaffer

KL Rahul
Mohali: Kings XI Punjab's KL Rahul celebrates his half century during the 55th match of IPL 2019 between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, on May 5, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

KL Rahul had another successful IPL campaign last season as he claimed his first ever Orange Cap. The Punjab Kings skipper amassed 670 runs in just 14 innings at an average of 55.83. However, his strike rate of 129.34 became a major talking point and he was criticized for batting too passively out there in the middle.

However, Punjab Kings batting coach, Wasim Jaffer stated that KL Rahul will be much more aggressive in his approach this season. The former Indian batsman defended KL Rahul’s slow strike rate last season and said that the lack in the batting department was a vital factor in his approach.

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“KL batted a little timidly last season. He probably batted deeper because there was not much batting after No. 5, and Glenn Maxwell was not firing. He took that responsibility on himself to try and stay at the crease and get the job done. This time around, everyone will see an aggressive KL Rahul for sure,” Jaffer said in an interaction with TOI.

KL Rahul is coming on the back of a successful ODI Series against England where he ended up as India’s highest run-getter despite batting in the middle-order. The Karnataka batsman scored 177 runs in his three innings, which included a century in the second ODI. Rahul had a dismal T20I series against the same opponents, where he had four successive failures and was dismissed for a duck on two occasions. His poor performances also led to his omission from the fifth T20I, as Virat Kohli decided to open the batting alongside, Rohit Sharma.

Wasim Jaffer believes a poor run of form can happen to almost any batsman and that did not make Rahul a bad player. “It can happen to any player. The more games he played, the better he became. Yes, he had a poor T20 series, but it did not make him a bad batsman. He has scored centuries in all three formats and knows his game better than anyone else. In the ODIs, he showed why he is such a special player,” said Jaffer.

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