KL Rahul has had a bit of a tough time as the captain of Kings XI Punjab, mainly since the past two games. After failing to defend 223 against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah, Kings XI Punjab fell well short of Mumbai Indians’ 192 in Abu Dhabi, succumbing to the second consecutive loss and third overall. As the cricketing fraternity has come in criticism of KL Rahul’s leadership, Yuvraj Singh has sided with him.
Kings XI Punjab held the upper hand against Mumbai Indians by removing Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav cheaply. Eventually, KXIP let Rohit Sharma off the leash as he managed to cut loose after which Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya finished strongly. KL Rahul’s decision to give Krishnappa Gowtham the 20th over was the most debatable move as the off-spinner conceded 25 runs, including four sixes.
Yuvraj Singh took to his official Twitter handle and acknowledged that Mumbai Indians were the better side on the day. As an inexperienced skipper, Yuvraj felt that KL Rahul received plenty of flak and backed the 28-year old to learn from his mistakes and come back strongly. The 38-year old chose to concentrate on the positives brought by the new skipper. At the post-match presentation, KL Rahul lamented the lack of an extra bowling option. In response to Mumbai Indians’ 191, Punjab managed only 143 with the skipper managing 17 runs.
KL Rahul is the second-highest run-getter in IPL 2020:
At the same time, there is no debating KL Rahul’s form with the bat in the current edition. The Karnataka batsman smashed a century against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and a half-century against Rajasthan Royals that sadly went in vain. With 239 runs so far in four matches, he is behind his opening partner Mayank Agarwal in the Orange Cap race. Mayank Agarwal remains only seven runs ahead.