KL Rahul seems to have finally nailed his spot in India’s limited-overs team after his stunning displays in the just-concluded T20I series against West Indies. With Shikhar Dhawan out with injury, the right-handed batsman was promoted to his preferred position of opener and he grabbed the opportunity with both the hands.
While Dhawan has been struggling to keep up with the demands of T20I cricket, KL Rahul showed the team-management the devastation he can cause at the top of the order. He started the series with an impressive knock of 62 before slamming 91 on Wednesday. He finished the three-match series as the second top run-getter in the three-match T20I series, just 19 runs behind Virat Kohli’s 183.
His 91-run knock helped India thrash West Indies by 67 runs and clinch the three-match series 2-1. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma added 135 runs in less than 12 overs. He then shared 98 runs with Virat Kohli as India piled up a mammoth total of 240 for 3 in 20 overs. In reply, West Indies never looked in contention and eventually finished on 173 for 8.
Rahul’s sly dig at team-management:
After the game, KL Rahul did not mince his words while he took an apparent dig at the team management . The right-handed batsman made it clear that he was not at all pleased with the way he was being treated. KL Rahul said that it was not at all easy for him to deal with the way the team constantly included him and dropped him. He made it clear that he was not at all for not getting the amount of support he would have liked.
“I won’t say I won’t feel it (pressure) at all. Obviously, going in and out of the team is never easy on any player,” said Rahul on Wednesday (December 11).
“You take a little bit of time to get used to the international pressure and oppositions and there are no opposition where you can just walk in and score runs, so it’s always difficult and this game is all about confidence and all about being in good rhythm and being in good touch. So again, having said that I can’t really sit outside and not prepare, all I can do is sit outside and prepare and try to create match feel for myself and I did play a lot of first-class cricket, so not a lot changes,” he added.