India’s one of the top batsman KL Rahul is struggling with his batting form as he has been consistently dismissed for 1 & 0 in the last three T20Is. Talking about KL Rahul’s form after India’s massive Eight Wicket defeat against England, India’s batting Coach Vikram Rathour said that three cheap dismissals can’t change the fact that KL Rahul is India’s “best T20 batsman” who needs to be supported during this rough phase.
KL Rahul had scores of 1,0 & 0 & a part of it could be attributed to no game time since the end of T20I series in Australia early 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.
“This is the time when we need to support him and I am absolutely sure he will come back out of the lean phase,” the batting coach spoke in the same vein as Kohli did at the presentation ceremony.
However, Vikram Rathour agrees that rustiness could be a reason of Rahul’s poor form & oen good shot can bring him back to form.
“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,” he added.
India have lost two T20Is when they were batting first & according to the former Test Opener the pitches on offer during the last three matches have been tricky.
“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”, Rathour added.