KL Rahul Needs To Work On His Running Between The Wickets- Virender Sehwag

Published - 10 Feb 2022, 11:15 PM

Virender Sehwag, Dasun Shanaka,
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former India captain Virender Sehwag has suggested India white-ball vice-captain KL Rahul should work hard on his running between the wicket, after the right-hander was runout in the recently played second one-day international between India and West Indies which was played in Ahmedabad on February 9, 2022.

Sehwag also added that KL Rahul had an excellent chance to put up a big score against the West Indies before a mix-up with Suryakumar Yadav led to his departure in the second ODI on Wednesday. Rahul, who had missed the first one-day international due to the wedding of his sister, batted at no.4 and along with Suryakumar, added 91-runs to stem the fall of wickets and stabilize the Indian innings as well.

He scored 49 off 48 balls, including four fours and two sixes. However, a disappointing mix-up led to Rahul’s run-out, which also broke their fourth-wicket partnership, and Sehwag feels the Karnataka lad has to work a bit on his running.

IND vs WI: Watch - KL Rahul Gets Run Out One Short Of Fifty In The Second ODI
IND vs WI: Watch – KL Rahul Gets Run Out One Short Of Fifty In The Second ODI

“KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav stitched an important partnership after the early blows. Rahul played well and could have gone on to score big runs, if not for the runout. There was an easy chance of a double, but he stopped in the middle, which caused the dismissal. He must work on his running between the wickets… shouldn’t repeat mistakes he made in Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings),” said Sehwag in a video shared on his social media accounts.

India managed to win the second ODI by 44 runs despite putting 237 on the board, thanks to Player of the Match Prasidh Krishna’s 4/12 in 9.3 overs.

Was Surprised To See Rishabh Pant Open: Virender Sehwag

The first-ever captain to score a double-century in ODI cricket, Virender Sehwag also admitted that he was shocked to see Rishabh Pant opening the innings in the second ODI. India has been trying various new opening combinations, as Rohit Sharma opened with Ishan Kishan in the first match as Shikhar Dhawan missed both the first two matches due to COVID complications.

Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant
Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant. (Photo: Twitter)

“I was surprised to see Rishabh Pant open. But many were surprised when I was promoted to the opening spot from the middle-order and also when Rohit Sharma was. Both of us ultimately succeeded as openers and Pant can be very dangerous if he is able to establish himself at that position in white-ball cricket,” said Sehwag.

The third ODI will be played on Friday at the same venue in Ahmedabad where India will look to seal a 3-0 series whitewash.

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