Brian Lara, West Indies’ highest run-scorer in international cricket, has chosen the Indian cricketer KL Rahul as his favourite batsman in the present world cricket.
The right-handed opener who averages around 45 in limited-overs scored 81 runs in three innings during the T20I series in Australia besides 93 runs in 3 ODIs in Australia.
Brian Lara Loves Watching KL Rahul Who Is Exceptional In T20 Format
KL Rahul was also the Orange Cap winner by virtue of being highest run-getter in the recently-concluded IPL 2020, where he amassed 670 runs at an average of 55.83.
Brian Lara said that KL Rahul’s artistry of using traditional cricket shots to score brisk runs in the shortest format which makes him stand out from other contemporary batsmen.
In an interaction on 7Cricket, answering Ricky Ponting’s question, Lara said:
“That’s easy, KL Rahul. If you are talking about the two teams that are playing, KL Rahul is definitely someone for me who I would pay to watch bat. I just love watching KL Rahul. Especially in the T20 version of the game, when you see a guy batting with the technique and ability to score runs with traditional batting shots, it’s just exceptional to watch.”
KL Rahul averages around 45 in both T20I and ODI besides a modest 34.56 in Tests as he was not selected in Tests after 2019 West Indies tour. In last some Test series against England, West Indies and Australia, his average dropped below 30. Brian Lara credited KL Rahul who bats with requisite technique and has the ability to score runs playing traditional cricketing shots.
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KL Rahul made his debut in Tests against Australia in the 2014 Boxing Day Test match. Although he didn’t score much in that game, he made a brilliant comeback by scoring a patient hundred at Sydney.
KL Rahul didn’t look back after that knock in route to become the fastest player to score centuries in all three formats in international cricket. He is now India’s most established and dependable batsman in white-ball cricket, after the likes of skipper Virat Kohli and 3-time double century scorer in ODIs Rohit Sharma.
Ricky Ponting added to Brian Lara’s praise by acknowledging his development from a Test specialist to a flamboyant T20 batsman. KL Rahul scored 659, 593 and 670 runs averaging above 50 in last three IPL seasons.
He said: “He is an interesting one for me because if you wind the clock back 2 or 3 years ago, he was probably more an out-and-out technically correct Test match batsman. But what he has been able to do with his T20 batting in the last two IPLs, has been absolutely unbelievable. He is turning himself now to be a better white-ball player than he is a Test match player and that doesn’t happen very often.”
After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series, India are currently taking on Australia in a dead rubber at Sydney which India lost by 12 runs to end their T20I winning streak. The teams will next move on to the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which includes 4 Tests, starting December 17 in Adelaide. The first Test will be a day-night affair and will see Virat Kohli in action before heading home after its conclusion.