KL Rahul has been going through a bad phase in the ongoing T20I series against England.
KL Rahul couldn’t reach the double-figure in all three games. However, Team India batting coach Vikram Rathour has backed Rahul, citing that three cheap dismissals can’t change the fact that KL Rahul is India’s “best T20 batsman” and he needs to be backed as well.
KL Rahul could only manage 1,0 and 0 and the reason could be he had played no game since the end of the T20 series in Australia last year in December.
“Anybody can have a lean phase and KL has been our best batsman in T20 format. He is averaging 40 plus with a strike rate of 145 and 3 failures doesn’t change the fact that he is the best batsman we have in this format,” Rathour said after the third T20 International against England.
“This is the time when we need to support him and I am absolutely sure he will come back out of the lean phase,” he again shared.
“KL has been our best batsman in T20 format” – Vikram Rathour on KL Rahul
However, Rathour agreed on the fact that rustiness could be a reason and all he needs is one good knock to get back into the zone.
“I agree they do tend to get rusty when they are sitting out but only thing we can do is to provide them practice. They are having a lot of net sessions and even on middle (centre strips),” he said. “That’s all they can do and we can just hope that one innings or one shot and they will be back in form. People like KL Rahul.”
Team India have now lost two games while batting first and as per the coach the pitches which were offered during the last three matches have been tricky as well.
“It is a difficult surface to assess what will be a good score and the bounce makes it tricky when you start batting. The ball stops and we saw some variable bounce. So you can’t assess how many runs will be a good score,” Rathour said.
“Every game we have played on different surfaces and as a team it is tough. We have had 3 games now and next game hopefully we can do better if we bat first,” he concluded.