The opener has been dismissed for scores of 1, 0, and 0. However, apart from the cheap scores, his way of getting out is also a concern: in the first T20I Rahul inside-edged a Jofra Archer delivery onto the stumps; in the second he outside edged Sam Curran to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler; on Tuesday, in the third T20I, the right-hander missed the ball altogether as Mark Wood fizzed a pacy delivery through the bat-pad gap to rattle the stumps.
VVS Laxman says while Rahul should play in the remaining games as well, as he is coming off from an injury and hasn’t played in a long time, however, the 46-year-old asserts that the opener needs to focus on his feet movements, which remain station and should play with the bat closer to his body, at least the start of his innings, lest create the gap between pad and bat.
“He will have to play because he has not played much international cricket. He is not a regular member in Test matches now. But KL Rahul will be disappointed (with) the way he got out in all three innings,” VVS Laxman told Star Sports.
“If we talk or think about KL Rahul’s batting, he is a technically correct batsman – he has scored centuries in Test cricket as well – but the way both his feet are on the crease and the bat away from the body because of which a gap is seen between bat and pad,” he added.
If you leave him out at this point, it will be a big setback for him: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman believes that India should persist with Rahul in the next couple of games as well, despite his low scores in the first three. He maintains that if he is dropped from the eleven, it will further dent his confidence, which is already low. Skipper Virat Kohli has also indicated that the 28-year-old will remain in the team and is one of the key batters in the T20 format.
“So somewhere or the other I feel the self-confidence and rhythm that is generally seen in KL Rahul’s batting is not seen at all. His confidence level is low, so if you leave him out at this point, it will be a big setback for him,” explained the former batsman.