ADELAIDE: Looks like KL Rahul is under attack from all angles except where it matters most, the team management. As of 2021, Rohit Sharma’s opening partner has 10 single-digit scores, including three ducks. Three of those single-digit scores came in this T20 World Cup.
until 2020, Rohit averaged 44.05 from 45 T20Is and got his runs with a strike rate of 144.92. Since 2021, in 24 T20Is, its average has fallen to 28.04 (SR dips to 125.4).
However, Rahul is still a very important batter for India, averaging 45.07 wins in India since his T20I debut.
Asked if it was a problem of technique or mentality that hindered this proven player and whether his lack of runs worried team management, coach Rahul Dravid said: “No, not at all. He’s a fantastic player and he has a proven track record. .He has been a great batsmen. This tournament has not been easy for the best batsmen. I thought Rahul was fantastic in the exhibition game against Australia. It is really suited to these kinds of fields and conditions. Let’s just hope it clicks.”
When asked what kind of conversations he has had with Rahul, Dravic said: “It’s hard to get into the exact details of the conversations. In word and deed he (Rahul) knows he has our support for the past year. That’s the great thing about Rohit (Sharma, Captain), he has them show that confidence and faith. We’ve played the game enough to know that people will go through ups and downs. We also understand the nature of Indian cricket, that once you get past Kohli, and Kohlic has scored, who is the next man.”
So can team management afford to give Rahul time to get into the groove? Dravid was unequivocal: “In Rohit’s mind, and in my mind, there is absolutely no doubt who will open for us. We are not worried about him. I know the impact this man can make. When circumstances dictate that the ball is nipped. a little round then we can afford our batsmen to maybe be a little more conservative, hold wickets in hand and then target.
“I don’t think there is one way to play T20 cricket. It’s about adapting.”