Former India opener Virender Sehwag believes Virat Kohli helped KL Rahul to become what he is today.
India batsman KL Rahul was failing to do well in the T20I series against England recently but things have changed in the ODI series. With one half-century and a century in the first two games, he has returned to his form for Team India in the ongoing series as well. And, Virender Sehwag, in an interview with Cricbuzz has said how he has changed batting in the middle-order as well.
“When the openers come out to bat, the thought process is to cash in the first 10 overs. So, you get less time for yourself. Whenever I use to open the innings, I always use to think about whether I can make an impact in the first 10 overs, and cash in during the powerplay,” Sehwag said.
“So, maybe that is the mentality of the openers. But when you bat in the middle overs, the thought is that I cannot forcefully hit boundaries because the field is open. So, I have to play in the gaps and score ones and twos, hit loose balls, and build a partnership. So that is different thinking. It is a difference in mindset,” Sehwag explained about KL Rahul and his form.
“He might be one of the favourites batsmen of captain”- Virender Sehwag on KL Rahul
Sehwag, however, applauded Kohli for helping KL Rahul to become what he is today.
“KL Rahul has played at almost every slot. He might be one of the favourites batsmen of captain, hence he has tried to adjust him in every batting position. That is necessary, when a new player comes in, to make him a part of the playing XI,” Sehwag continued
“Even if you play him at no. 11, but you have to play them to give them confidence. India captain Virat Kohli has a huge role in making KL Rahul the great batsman he is today,” he concluded.
Team India are currently taking on England in the three-match One Day International decider in Pune. While they started the series with a convincing win, England bounced back in the second and levelled the series as well. However, KL Rahul failed to live up to the expectations in the decider as he could manage only 7runs while facing 18 balls as well.