Last Update on: April 20th, 2023 at 04:39 pm
Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody has shared his opinion on the debate over the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) skipper KL Rahul’s strike rate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. He said that the batter gets unnecessary criticism sometimes.
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 10 runs to win their fourth game of the season. They batted poorly but displayed a staggering bowling performance as they defended 154 runs.
Overall in 6 games so far, KL Rahul has scored 174 runs at an average of 32.33. But what has been concerning is his strike rate. He has scored runs at an SR of just 114.79. The batter has received a lot of flak for playing slow and many are of the opinion that he’s hampering his team’s chances of posting big totals.
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But Tom Moody feels that KL Rahul is over-criticized for his slow strike rate. He said that the batter played a great knock and assessed conditions well against RR. Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, he said:
“He has had a good day. With the bat, he assessed the conditions pretty well. He has been criticized for the pace at which he has gone about his innings but I think it is over-criticized at times. From a captaincy point of view, he made the right plays with regard to the bowling changes.”
LSG vs GT: “What he did do well is bowl dead straight,” Tom Moody on Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis with the ball was the surprise package in the game between LSG and RR. The all-rounder bowled a game-changing spell and picked 2 crucial wickets and conceded just 28 runs. Notably, this was for the first time he bowled in IPL 2023.
Tom Moody was impressed with the way Stoinis bowled and said that he bowled dead straight, which turned out to be a big difference. He added:
“I think he [Marcus Stoinis] was fit to bowl, but just wasn’t required. What he did do well is bowl dead straight, and that’s exactly what you need to do on a surface like that which offers a little bit of inconsistency with its pace and boun.”
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will be next seen in action when they will take on Gujarat Titans (GT) on Saturday (22nd April).