India have had a good ICC World Cup 2019 campaign so far, but a few injuries early in the tournament have been a setback for them. With Shikhar Dhawan ruled out with a thumb injury, KL Rahul will have to step up and fill the big shoes in the matches to follow. Former India cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar is hopeful that Rahul will raise his hand, but he will have to cautious about the loose shots he plays at times.

Rahul needs to justify his talent

The injury to Dhawan saw KL Rahul slot in the top-order after batting two games at four. He got starts in both the games coming to bat in the death overs. In the last match against Pakistan, Rahul scored a fine century but failed to make it big. Despite his class and flamboyance, many believe that his best is yet to come. He has had a start-stop career in all the formats, batting like a champion one day, losing touch and his India spot on another.

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Former chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar was on the money with his criticism over KL Rahul’s unusual way of getting out against Pakistan. The former cricketer also added that Rahul has a lot of potentials but needs to score runs at the biggest stage to justify it.

“KL Rahul has a lot of potential but he should score big runs. A 100 was there for the taking (against Pakistan) yet he chucked his wicket away. He played some stupid shots which I would not recommend to anyone,” he told India Today.

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Furthermore, Dilip Vengsarkar said KL Rahul can play big knocks and will be hungry for runs in this World Cup. With Dhawan out, it will be a golden opportunity for Rahul to establish his one-day credentials at the biggest stage.

“He can score straight and get runs. He has got so many shots. But he must be hungry for runs because he is good enough to score 150-170. He is a great player. I like him to be honest but when he plays some of these stupid shots, I don’t like it,” he concluded.