The Indian cricket team may have won the first two matches of the ongoing 2022 T20 World Cup, but at the moment everything is not right in the squad. The shape of KL Rahul’s opening stroke has long been under discussion. Sometimes it’s Rahul’s strike rate that becomes a matter of debate, other times it’s his lack of intent. Anil Kumble, who coached Rahul during the duo’s time with Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has opened up to the batter’s approach.
Kumble revealed in a conversation on ESPNCricinfo that Rahul believed in hitting deeper in Punjab as the team’s middle class was not reliable. However, that is not the case with the Indian team.
“In the IPL it was a different conversation. We all kept saying, look, you’re the best player. Just go out and hit normally. From the first ball, go hard, do what you’re good at,” he said.
“Especially in the power play I don’t think a bowler can keep him quiet. But I think when he was playing franchise cricket he felt like he had to bat longer because of the lineup he had and he was captain. say what you want from the outside, but you have no control over what happens on the pitch.”
Jumbo then pointed to the different setup Rahul has in the Indian team. Still, Kumble feels Rahul is “going on and off” for some reason.
“It’s very different with the Indian team. I think his role is to just go out and bat. When I was a coach I didn’t want that to change, I just wanted him to go and be what he is dictate the terms from ball 1 I think he kind of engages and shifts for whatever reason we saw in his last match for Punjab v Chennai where we had to get those runs and make a rip in the net run rate, we saw what he He just crushed everyone and Chennai had some good international bowlers,” emphasized the legendary leg spinner.
Kumble doesn’t feel like Rahul needs a “conversation” with anyone about his game. It’s about keeping him “turned on” and feeling that he can perform.
“So it’s just a matter of bringing Rahul in. It’s not about a conversation any of us can have, it’s just about him feeling like I’m going to start shooting today or be careful. We know not,” claimed the iconic cricketer.
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