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Indian opening dough KL Rahul was the emphasis on attention as “Men in Blue”faced Hing Kong in their second Group A encounter at the 2022 Asian Cup in Dubai. Rahul was dismissed for a golden duck in India’s opener against Pakistan and this outing was important for him to get back into the groove.
Rahul spent time in the middle and also had 36 runs under his belt but he hardly looked like a batter playing T20 cricket. Rahul consumed 39 bullets for his 36 before being fired. At the time of his dismissal, India were struggling at 94/2 after 13 overs.
Sleeves received a massive boost by Suryakumar Yadavwho came on to bat after Rahul, as he slammed an unbeaten 68 from just 26 balls to take the team to 192/2 in 20 overs.
Same Virat Kohli showed good form as he went unbeaten on 59 out of 44 balls.
Earlier, captain Rohit Sharma showed his intention by scoring 21 points on 13 balls before being fired.
Rahul’s approach, at a time when India are looking to play aggressive cricket, has come under heavy criticism from the former Indian fast bowler. Venkatesh Prasad.
“Is there something in the pitch that is not visible. I just cannot understand this approach, especially from KL Rahul. #IndvsHkgPrasad wrote on Twitter.
Is there anything in the ground that is not visible. I just cannot understand this approach, especially from KL Rahul. #IndvsHkg
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) August 31, 2022
KL Rahul has also been criticized in the past for scoring runs at a slow pace. He actually scored tons of points in the IPL, but his franchise often found themselves losing decisive games as Rahul’s slow shots cost the team.
Whether or not he can change his approach in the upcoming matches will be key to whether he gets the green light to open the innings for India at the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
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