Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara named the cricketer he would need in his Test, ODI and T20I groups. Lara stated he’s actually impressed by KL Rahul and love the way in which he bats.
Rahul not too long ago turned the primary Indian participant to attain 500-plus runs in three successive seasons of IPL. The KXIP captain is at the moment the main run-scorer of IPL 2020 by far. Rahul has scored 525 runs in 9 matches at a median of 75.00 scored at a strike price of 135.65. He has scored 5 fifties up to now and in addition has the best rating of this season to his identify – an unbeaten 132 in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“He’s my test batsman, he’s my 50-over batsman and he’s my T20 batsman,” Lara stated on Star Sports after KXIP beat Mumbai Indians in an exciting contest which needed to be determined through a second Super Over after each groups ended on degree phrases not as soon as however twice.
“As a captain he has done very well. I love the way he bats, love the way he puts them together. Yes he struggled to finish off matches towards the beginning but now he’s looking to improve that too,” Lara stated.
Rahul smashed a scintillating 51-ball 77 to take KXIP on the point of a profitable chase however team-mates Deepak Hooda and Jordan may solely degree the scores at 176 for six within the stipulated 20 overs.
Rahul blasted seven fours and three sixes in his knock to cross 500 runs this season and virtually single-handedly take KXIP residence.
He, together with Gayle (24), took KXIP to 75 for one in 9 overs after shedding Mayank Agarwal (11) early within the innings.
However, Gayle was despatched packing by Rahul Chahar within the 10th over after which Bumrah returned to dismiss Nicholas Pooran (24 off 11) to depart Punjab at 108 for 3.
Rahul then pulled Chahar for a six to deliver up yet one more fifty however the leg-spinner made a superb comeback one ball later, eradicating Glenn Maxwell on the different finish as KXIP slipped to 115 for 4 in 14th over.
He added one other 38 with Deepak Hooda (23 not out) however he was performed in by a yorker from Bumrah within the 18th over.
This will not be the primary time Lara has heaped reward on KL Rahul. The former West Indies batsman had earlier termed Rahul as his favorite batsman and hailed his approach.
(With PTI inputs)
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