Before their Super 12 Group 2 encounter against South Africa on Sunday in Perth, India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour stated that India is not even considering the possibility of replacing KL Rahul after just two poor innings in the T20 World Cup.
Vice-captain Rahul of India has scored 1 off 4 against Pakistan and 9 off 12 against the Netherlands. The management of the Indian squad will be worried more by Rahul’s hesitant attitude to the innings at the top of the order than it will be about the results. Batting Coach Rathour, though, didn’t reveal anything in his remarks. He stated categorically that there was no risk of losing the popular right-hander. Rathour in a pre-match press conference on Saturday was asked about removing KL Rahul from the team. He said, “No. We aren’t not thinking about that. I don’t think that’s a good enough sample size anyway. He’s been batting well and also batted well in practice games. So we aren’t changing anything.” Although Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Suryakumar Yadav have opened in this format, India does not have any designated opener in their World Cup lineup.
When questioned about why Rahul plays more cautiously in the Powerplay than Rohit Sharma, he did acknowledge that things will change once he gets back into shape.
Vikram Rathour defended Rahul’s batting.
He said, “Every player has his way of playing and constituting their innings. A good partnership is one where each one complements the other. If Rahul is in good form then he can also be the aggressor.”
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Indian fans are eager to see KL Rahul back in action. Indian team would also expect a significant contribution from Rahul in the next match against South Africa on Sunday.
India vs South Africa will be held on Sunday, 30 October in Perth, Australia.