Indian team’s batting coach Vikram Rathor has backed the out-of-form KL Rahul who got out on another duck against England. This was Rahul’s second consecutive duck in the ongoing series while he got out on just one run in the first T20I.
Hoping to keep his rough patch aside in the third T20I, Rahul tried to get a good start, however, pacer Mark Wood was too overwhelming for him as he dismissed him for a duck.
Soon after that Rahul started trending on Twitter and people even told to give him a breather for the rest of the T20I matches. It can clearly be stated that Rahul has been going through a rough patch as he was bowled by Jofra Archer in the first T20I, followed by edging the ball to Jos Buttler off Sam Curran’s delivery and then getting outclassed by Mark Wood in the third one.
Skipper Virat Kohli defended the opener by stating: “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.”
Vikram Rathor also backed the 28-year-old as he stated, “Anyone can have a lean phase. 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,”
Rahul was in an exquisite form in the 13th edition of the IPL and even finished as the orange cap holder of the tournament. Besides, he averages 40.61 in T20Is including two centuries under his belt.