Ravi Shastri claims KL Rahul’s impressive record in the shortest aspect of the game will serve him well when he skippers Team India in the T20I series against South Africa.
Rahul is among India’s most renowned T20I batters, with 1831 runs at an outstanding average of 40.68 in 56 games. The opening batsman is also coming into the series against the Proteas after an impressive showing with the bat in IPL 2022.
Ravi Shastri was questioned on the Star Sports show ‘Game Plan’ if all eyes will be on Rahul as captain but if it is a moment for someone like him to succeed.
He responded: “It is, it is nothing unique to him. He has previously led India as a skipper. T20 cricket is where he excels. He has become one of the most consistent performers in this format of the game over the last two or three years.”
“He has consistently high IPLs. So it’s a format he’s used to and feels very at ease with. The extra responsibility that comes with being skipper will undoubtedly energize him even more.”
India has produced some excellent T20 players over the last two or three years: Ravi Shastri
Despite the absence of some big names like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Ravi Shastri believes Rahul will lead an impressive Indian team. He noticed:
“He has a positive attitude. Over the last two or three years, India has produced some excellent T20 players, with an enormous amount of talent and selection headaches. At the same time, while there is quantity, there is also quality. So it’ll be entertaining.”
India will face South Africa in a five-match T20I series beginning on Thursday (June 9). This is a crucial series for both teams as they try to find the best combination for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.