‘What criticism?’: KL Rahul shrugs off T20 strike-rate debate

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“What criticism?” KL Rahul shot again when he was requested about the continued debate over his T20 strike-rate. Rahul shrugged off questions surrounding the tempo at which he bats within the shortest format, saying that strike-rate doesn’t let you know all the story, however added that “it’s one thing” he’s engaged on.

Rahul had led India in ODIs earlier this 12 months throughout the three-match sequence in South Africa. (Photo: PTI)

“Strike-rates are taken on an total foundation. You by no means see when that batsman has performed at a sure strike-rate, whether or not it was essential for him to play at 200 strike-rate, whether or not the group might nonetheless have received (by) placing at 100 and 120,” Rahul advised reporters in Mohali on Monday forward of India’s three-match T20I sequence opener in opposition to Australia.

“Strike-rate is one thing I’m working at. I’m working in the direction of it, on how I can enhance myself as a gap batter and see how I can have essentially the most impression for my group after I exit to bat,” he added. Rahul strikes at 140.91 in T20Is, which is barely above his total T20 strike-rate of 137.35.

Backing of Rohit and Dravid

Rahul mentioned that the present group administration has created a form of atmosphere the place gamers usually are not afraid to fail, and that he has acquired an unlimited quantity of help from coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma.

“The most essential factor for a participant in that dressing room is what his captain, coach and teammates consider him. Not each time a participant will succeed. We have created a form of atmosphere the place gamers usually are not afraid to fail and afraid to make errors,” Rahul mentioned.

KL Rahul (2) KL Rahul. (File)

“We criticise ourselves greater than anybody else as a result of we’re representing our nation. So once we don’t do properly, it hurts essentially the most. I’ve a pacesetter, coach, and help employees, who encourage gamers who’re going by means of a tough patch. Every particular person needs to see just a little little bit of help, and that’s what I’ve acquired.”

Good psychological area after comeback

Rahul has just lately made a comeback after recovering from surgical procedure for sports activities hernia adopted by a bout of Covid, however felt that he’s in an excellent psychological area after getting a couple of video games beneath his belt in opposition to Zimbabwe and within the Asia Cup.

KL Rahul KL Rahul shared about his surgical procedure on social media (Source: KL Rahul/Instagram)

“I’m feeling good. It’s been a couple of video games since I’ve come again after the harm. Getting that point within the center was actually essential for me within the Asia Cup in addition to in Zimbabwe. I’m wanting ahead to the problem in opposition to the Australian group at house; it’s been some time for me,” Rahul mentioned.

Rahul had a productive Indian Premier League season, by which he led debutants Lucknow Super Giants to the knockouts with 616 runs, together with two tons of, at a median of 51.33 and a strike-rate of 135.35. Since returning from harm and sickness, he confirmed indicators of regaining his contact with 62 off 41 balls in India’s final match of the Asia Cup in opposition to Afghanistan in Dubai.

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