T20 World Cup: If KL Rahul continues to bat like he did against Hong Kong, we might see a bit of a change, says Rohan Gavaskar

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T20 World Cup: If KL Rahul continues to bat like he did against Hong Kong, we might see a bit of a change, says Rohan Gavaskar
T20 World Cup: If KL Rahul continues to bat like he did against Hong Kong, we might see a bit of a change, says Rohan Gavaskar

T20 World Cup: If KL Rahul continues to bat like he did against Hong Kong, we might see a bit of a change, says Rohan Gavaskar

T20 World Cup: Former India cricketer Rohan Gavaskar believes that if opener KL Rahul continues to bat in the same manner as he did in the Asia Cup Group A match against Hong Kong, the opening combination may change.

At the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday, India defeated Hong Kong by a score of 40 runs, and Rahul was a far shadow from his usual smooth form. Rahul laboriously needed 39 balls to score 36 runs. Including 16 dot balls, on a slow surface against slower-moving Hong Kong bowlers. Also Rahul only hit two sixes during this period. Rahul hit by Naseem Shah’s first-ball duck in the match against Pakistan on Sunday.

“Look, you know, I think he’s coming back from a long, long injury layoff. He didn’t get too many opportunities in the West Indies (didn’t travel due to Covid-19). And I think if you look at Wednesday’s (yesterday’s) innings in isolation. And you look at you say, ‘okay listen, 36 of 39 deliveries against Hong Kong seems to be slow’.”

T20 World Cup: If KL Rahul continues to bat like this, we might see a bit of a change, says Rohan Gavaskar
T20 World Cup: If KL Rahul continues to bat like this, we might see a bit of a change, says Rohan Gavaskar

“But I think in this case the team management would have said to him, ‘this is a bit of a free hit’. You know, you know 999 times out of 1000, you’re going to win against Hong Kong. So, this a bit of a free hit, saying ‘KL, take your time out there, get set, get a feel out there in the middle. And then we’ll see how it goes’,” said Gavaskar on the ‘Sports Over The Top’ show on Sports18.

Rahul is playing T20Is for India for the first time this year through the Asia Cup. After a long absence put on by a combination of injuries, surgery, and a Covid-19 infection. There not much time left before the Men’s T20 World Cup, which will held in Australia. Rahul must rediscover his rhythm in order to make the 15-man squad.

“If he continues to bat like he did in Wednesday’s (yesterday’s) game. Then I think, you know, we might see a bit of a change. But I think (on) Wednesday (yesterday) there might have been some suggestion from the team management. With saying don’t worry about strike rate for this particular game. Just worry about spending time in the middle, getting some runs, getting some confidence. Because we all know a confident KL Rahul is an asset to the side,” added Gavaskar.

India has advanced to the Super Four stage and will play their next game on Sunday. After winning games against Pakistan and Hong Kong to win Group A of the Asia Cup 2022.