KL Rahul backed by Kohli despite recent loss of form

KL Rahul
Indian batsman Lokesh Rahul plays a shot during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on September 25, 2018. (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

KL Rahul has a horrific series against England so far. The Indian opener has managed to score just 1 run in the first three T20Is, getting dismissed for a duck on two occasions. He was bowled by Mark Wood in the third T20I on Tuesday after he attempted to play across the line, in a ball that should have been defended. He was unlucky to have been dismissed in the first T20I, after chopping onto his stumps, whereas he was caught behind in the second T20I.

However, despite his recent form and calls being made to drop him from the side, Virat Kohli has backed his star batsman stating that he was himself going through a lean patch before his knock in the second T20I and added that it was only a matter of time before Rahul rediscovered his form.

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“I was going through a lean patch 2 games ago. These things turn around very quickly. He’s been a champion player for us. If you look at his numbers in the last 2-3 years , they’re probably better than anyone else in T20 cricket. He’ll continue to be one of our main batters along with Rohit at the top of the order, so we don’t have any concerns there. T20 is a very instinctive game and we know once he starts playing positively and a few shots come off, then it’s a matter of 5-6 balls in this format and suddenly you’re back into that zone,” said Virat Kohli about KL Rahul.

Anyone can have a lean phase: Vikram Rathour

Kl Rahul has been a huge asset for the Indian team in T20I cricket as he has scored 1543 runs in his 48 T20Is at an average of 40.60. Moreover, he has been a consistent scorer in the IPL, and won the Orange Cap last season.

“Anyone can have a lean phase,” said India batting coach Vikram Rathour. “In the last one year, KL been our best batsman in the T20 format, averaging 40-plus and striking at 145. Three failures doesn’t change the fact that he may be the best batsman in the format. He’s done really well for us in the past year and this is the time that the team has to support him and absolutely sure he will come out of this lean phase,” he added.

KL Rahul will hope to repay the faith vested in him by the Indian management as he will aim to score big against England in the fourth T20I on Thursday.


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