IND Vs ZIM: Star batsman KL Rahul did a disappointing performance with the bat in the three-match ODI series played against Zimbabwe. KL Rahul has proved his fitness through this series but questions are being raised about his batting in the opening order. However, despite this, it is more likely that he will be seen handling the opening responsibility for Team India in the T20 World Cup.
The last few months have been very tough for Rahul, who has been ruled out of international matches due to a surgery and COVID-19. In IPL 2022, he led the Lucknow Super Giants to the playoffs. After this, the 30-year-old batsman was to captain India in the domestic T20 against South Africa, but due to injury, he missed the series.
He also missed the tour of England and Ireland after it was learned that he would need surgery. After this, the opener was to return for the West Indies tour, but was advised to rest after being corona positive.
Eventually, the BCCI medical team cleared him to play in the three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe to get back into form before the 2022 Asia Cup, where he is set to open India’s innings alongside captain Rohit Sharma. Huh.
There will be heavy pressure on Rahul
However, the team management should be a little worried after his performance in the Zimbabwe series, where he failed to do wonders with the bat. This Bengaluru player did not get a chance to bat in the first ODI. Scored just one run in the second match and 30 runs in the third, raising questions about his place ahead of the Asia Cup T20.
There is no doubt that Rahul has been one of India’s best openers in the last half decade but he has also faced severe criticism from time to time. The biggest criticism of the right-handed batsman has been his slow strike rate, especially when he is able to play shots across the field.
In Rahul’s absence, India tried Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson as openers and they did a good job. On the other hand, former India captain Virat Kohli has also played that role in the past. Hence, India has a lot of options for the opening slot, which puts extra pressure on the star batsman.