KL Rahul has been criticized by many for not switching gears in time during his team’s Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) eliminator recently concluded. big target of 208 points, Rahul scored 79 out of 58 for LSG but failed to get them over the line as they lost the game by 14 points.
Although his skills and talent are there for everyone, Rahul hasn’t quite managed to make the most of his potential for LSG in IPL 2022. He has often come under scrutiny for being too slow in his approach and was also criticized by fans for not picking up his strike rate despite pressure from the team.
Rahul enjoyed another prolific season in bat for LSG, amassing 616 points in 15 games for his side but failed to inspire them for their maiden title. LSG withdrew from the tournament after losing to RCB in the Eliminator. Former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif recently shared his views on Rahul’s stick.
Latif said there was no doubt that Rahul was a good hitter and a special player, but he was not in the same league as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. The former Pakistani skipper explained that Rahul plays a lot of point balls and needs to work on that to improve his game.
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“Didn’t he play for Punjab Kings before that? He used to beat until 15-18, while Glenn Maxwell barely faced 2 balls. The team didn’t qualify. Even Gayle was there but he played at the end there is no doubt that KL Rahul is a good player, and the pitches he played on and scored hundreds were the same where Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan played struggled Sometimes when an opener bats he thinks it’s his responsibility to get through,” Latif said on his ‘Caught Behind’ YouTube channel.
“Rahul is not like Rohit Sharma. Rohit and Kohli are in a different league, but Rahul too is a special player. That said, he needs to improve a bit. He plays a bit too many point balls for his liking “Since the runs he scores is big, the balls faced a lot too. When he was playing for Punjab, I noticed the same,” the ex-Pakistani skipper added.
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Rahul has been one of the most consistent performers with Willow in the IPL over the past few seasons. He was the league’s top run-getter in IPL 2020 before finishing third on the roster in IPL 2021 last year. He once again topped the 600-carry mark this season to continue his purple spot. However, his efforts were not enough to take his team to the season finale.
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