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“Similar to Virat Kohli, he was getting out to his first mistake”

Sunil Gavaskar has lauded KL Rahul for taking India to a win within the first ODI towards Australia on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday, March 17.

Hardik Pandya and Co. bowled out the Aussies for 188 after asking them to bat first. Rahul then scored an unbeaten 75 off 91 deliveries because the Males in Blue chased down the goal with 5 wickets and 61 deliveries to spare to start out the three-match collection on a optimistic observe.

Throughout a post-match dialogue on Star Sports activities, Gavaskar was requested about his ideas on KL Rahul‘s knock, to which he responded:

“We stated earlier as properly that he has the approach and temperament however typically you want luck as properly. Similar to Virat Kohli, he was getting out to his first mistake, however his physique language did not use to be like Virat Kohli’s.”

The previous Indian skipper praised Rahul for guaranteeing that India acquired throughout the road, elaborating:

“Virat Kohli used to get out however nonetheless his physique language was completely different, he was assured. You can not have stated the identical factor about Rahul. However the way in which he batted at this time, he repaid the group administration for the religion proven in him. He stayed until the tip, it was not that he might do something as he had scored a fifty.”

India have been in a spot of trouble when Ravindra Jadeja joined Rahul within the center, with the rating studying 83/5 on the fall of Hardik Pandya‘s wicket. The duo strung collectively an unbroken 108-run sixth-wicket partnership to take the group residence.

“He has been uncovered to different-different conditions” – Sanjay Bangar on KL Rahul

KL Rahul has opened for India in 23 ODIs. [P/C: BCCI]
KL Rahul has opened for India in 23 ODIs. [P/C: BCCI]

Sanjay Bangar identified that the presence of a batter like KL Rahul within the center order stood India in good stead in Friday’s recreation, explaining:

“Whoever bats at a number of positions, it turns into a robust level for them. He has been uncovered to different-different conditions. I really feel it was an enormous benefit that India had a participant at No. 5 who might play properly down the order and towards the brand new ball as properly.”

The previous Indian batting coach added that the wicketkeeper-batter put forth a robust case for himself for a middle-order berth for the World Cup later this 12 months, stating:

“When you’ve got a top-order collapse, which has occurred in just a few essential video games, you’ve a participant who can see off the brand new ball after which can rating runs throughout the park. There isn’t any space the place he can not play a shot. He has offered an especially sturdy case for himself.”

Rahul struck seven fours and a six throughout his innings. He reached his fifty off 73 deliveries and scored 25 runs off the following 18 balls he confronted.

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