Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has showered praise on the Indian opener, KL Rahul, for his sensational run in the T20 format in the last couple of years.
KL Rahul has performed well consistently in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the tournament. Since 2018 Rahul has scored over 600 IPL runs three times.
Recently, he smashed the second-fastest half-century by an Indian in the ICC T20 World Cup in the battle against Scotland, where India completed the chase in 6.3 overs to overtake the net run rate of New Zealand and Afghanistan.
Speaking on Sports Today, Gavaskar lauded Rahul for playing authentic cricket shots. He also said that the Indian opener always had that talent, and it was just a “matter of everything clicking together”, which happened in the Scotland game. He elaborated:
“He (Rahul) has been absolutely terrific in the last couple of IPLs. Look at the rate at which he has been scoring and he plays authentic cricket shots. He plays the occasional scoop or reverse sweep but, because he has got all the normal cricketing shots in the book, he doesn’t have to resort to these other shots. The talent was always there. It was just a matter of everything clicking together. That’s what happened in this game.”
Sometimes I Wonder Why Mohammed Shami Resorts To Those Slower Ones – Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar further praised speedster Mohammad Shami who bagged 3 wickets in the Scotland game and said he has got the best Yorkers in the business. Gavaskar, however, was disappointed with Shami for using the slower deliveries despite not having complete control over it. Former India captain said:
“He (Shami) has got one of the best yorkers in the business. Sometimes I wonder why he resorts to those slower ones. He doesn’t have control over his slower deliveries and he gets hammered.
“Against top batters, to bowl the yorker spot on is important. If you bowl just a little bit full, they can use the pace to scoop it for a six or, if it’s between the knee and the ankle, it can be smashed for a boundary.”
“The slower and back of the hand delivery, these are not his deliveries. He gets smashed with that. He has got to focus either on the short delivery or the yorker for him to be effective in this form of the game,” Gavaskar added.