Former South African pacer Shaun Pollock while talking about stand-in India Test captain KL Rahul said that he has “ticked a lot of boxes”.
Rahul was appointed as deputy of Virat Kohli in Tests after Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury.
Then, Rahul got the opportunity to captain the team at the Wanderers, Johannesburg after Virat Kohli was ruled out of the second Test due to a back spasm and so far the Indian team have done a very good job under Rahul in the Test match.
Meanwhile, Pollock feels that Rahul has done a good job because facing the challenge of a bowler getting injured and main pacers not picking enough wickets is not easy. Speaking on Cricbuzz Pollock said:
“I think he’s been good. He’s had a few challenges, hasn’t he? I mean Siraj getting injured, that’s never easy as a captain when one of your lead bowlers goes missing in action… He would have been scratching his head a little bit after the first session today. The bowlers were brilliant… but as a captain, you do feel when you don’t pick wickets, ‘What more am I supposed to do? … Do I have to think out of the box?’ And I don’t think he did and eventually, he got the reward just before Lunch.”
Pollock was impressed with the way Rahul used Ashwin and for having conversations with Shardul Thakur who went on to bag a 7-wicket haul in the innings. He said:
“The way he used Ashwin was OK, he got him to look in and see if there was any assistance. You never know what goes behind the scenes but obviously, some conversations with Shardul Thakur were important and he got him to believe, kept him going… So I would say he’s ticked a lot of boxes, no problems there whatsoever. It’s going to be interesting next time around. Can he manage his troops to victory, no matter what score they get?”
He’s Always Looked Like A Calm And Composed Captain – Dinesh Karthik On KL Rahul
Veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik who was also present in the video during the same discussion said Rahul has handled the captaincy very well. He asserted:
“I think he’s handled it well. Obviously, he’s in good batting form which helps. Just the moves that he made… his thought process was right… He’s always looked like a calm and composed captain. He’s a pretty emotional character per se but it never comes out in the field.”
Karthik also talked about the caught behind controversy that happened during South Africa’s innings when Rassie van der Dussen was given out caught behind but the replays later showed that the catch that was taken by Rishabh Pant was not clean and the ball might have bounced off the ground. Karthik elaborated:
“As soon as you get your head away it’s hard to see the ball and because you have a glove there which obviously has a lot of leather in it … what it does is the impact on the ground is not seen so you are not sure if it has come into the gloves or just bounced off the ground and this happens a lot… And despite all the HD technology and everything, it’s really hard (to judge) so we have to, as a thumb rule, go with what the fielder says and on top of that we have two umpires there [so] trust them…”
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