Former Indian cricketer-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar believes that the three-match One-day International series between India and England will be a perfect opportunity for KL Rahul to regain his form and lost confidence.
KL Rahul endured a forgettable five-match T20I series. The stylish opener looked completely out of sorts, registering two ducks and scores of 1 and 14 in his first four outings before being eventually dropped for the series-decider.
Team India has persisted with Rahul in the ODI format where he is continuing his middle-order order besides donning the wicketkeeping gloves.
Manjrekar, on ESPNCricinfo, reckoned that Rahul is someone who gets affected by failures more than other players but he feels that ODI cricket will him a chance to regain his lost touch and more importantly his confidence.
“KL Rahul is mentally, an enigma. My reading is that failures affect him much than some of the other players. He’s got the class and he’s got the talent and when he is playing well, he is riding that confidence. But a few failures, he suddenly loses his basic game,” said Sanjay Manjrekar.
“50 overs will give you that time to come back into form. T20 cricket is ruthless. If you’re out of form, it’s a tough format to come back into form in the same format,” he added.
“Rishabh Pant, the whole of last season, remained out of form and this has happened to a lot of good players. So this will allow KL Rahul some time and allow him to get back some of his shots and self-confidence back. More than getting his form, it’s about his getting his self-confidence back. The 50 overs, yes does allow you that, but with KL Rahul you just wait and see whether he uses this opportunity,” he added.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul is currently at the crease along with Krunal Pandya and the onus is on the duo to rebuild India’s innings after a flurry of wickets between overs 30-40 have pegged them back substantially.