If KL Rahul gets out for a run-a-ball 25, we would say that he played like Manish Pandey: RP Singh

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KL Rahul was the leading run-scorer for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL), having scored two centuries and four half-centuries.

KL Rahul of India. Courtesy: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rahul is set to lead India in the T20Is against South Africa
  • Rahul was the leading run-scorer for LSG in IPL 2022
  • RP Singh praised Rahul for being technically sound

Former Indian cricketer RP Singh lauded KL Rahul for having a lot of game awareness and knowing when to step on the accelerator. Rahul has faced a lot of flak for not being able to score at a brisk rate, but he has been among the leading run-scorers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the last five seasons.

Singh, who was a part of India’s 2007 T20 World Cup-winning squad, also took a dig at Manish Pandey for throwing his wicket away after getting set. Singh also praised Rahul for being technically sound.

“KL Rahul is technically very sound. He has game-awareness as he picks the bowlers against whom he can take chances on a given day. If he gets out for a run-a-ball 25, we’d say that he played like Manish Pandey does. But he ticks all the boxes because he protects his wicket and knows when to accelerate,” Singh was quoted as saying on Cricbuzz.

In the IPL 2022, Rahul was the leading run-scorer for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), having scored 616 runs from 15 matches at an average of 51.33 with two centuries and four half-centuries to his name. Although he scored three ducks, he made up for them with some substantial knocks.

PATEL PRAISES RAHUL

Parthiv Patel, another former Indian cricketer, said that Rahul is someone who can get big scores under his belt despite not getting off to a flying start.

“KL Rahul is the only player who can score a century in 20 overs despite starting slowly. If you are able to score 100 runs off 60 balls, it means that you’ve read the game well and know how to pace your innings,” Patel said.

Rahul is now set to lead Team India in the upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa from June 9.

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