Dale Steyn Picks KL Rahul As Modern Indian Batsman Who May Have Created A Problem For Him As A Bowler

Dale Steyn Picks KL Rahul As Modern Indian Batsman Who May Have Created A Problem For Him As A Bowler

KL Rahul
KL Rahul-Reuters.

Dale Steyn, former South African pacer in his Q/A session on Twitter on Tuesday, picked one present Indian batsman who may have troubled him the most during his playing days.

Dale Steyn had retired from Test cricket after taking 439 scalps from 93 Tests averaging 22.95. He also has 196 ODI scalps and 64 T20I scalps besides his name. He had also taken 97 scalps from 95 IPL matches playing many games for Royal Challengers Bangalore besides skipper Virat Kohli. He has played 33 matches for RCB taking 32 scalps.

Dale Steyn has picked current Indian batter who would have caused him trouble during his playing days
Dale Steyn has picked current Indian batter who would have caused him trouble during his playing days  |  Photo Credit: AP, File Image

India Didn’t Have Results As Desired At The T20I World Cup Campaign But Finished With Victories In Last 3 Consecutive Games

India may not have had the desired T20 World Cup 2021 campaign this year after being eliminated from the Super 12 stage, but there is no denying that this team is filled with superstars and players who can win games, all the way through single handedly. Team India signed off with three consecutive wins, putting up dominant performances.

Perhaps a couple of good shows in the earlier games against heavyweights Pakistan and New Zealand could have seen India playing the semi-finals as well.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma—Twitter

However, no one would deny the fact that this Indian team is one of the best in the world, looking at heights scaled and achievements accomplished over the years. India won two back-to-back Test series in Australia in 2018-19 and 2020-21. Moreover, they were leading 2-1 in the Test series against England this year, before the fifth and final Test was unfortunately called off for the time being due to Covid-19.

These results are a clear testimony to the potential of this team and its players. India’s top three batsmen, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli, are exceptional and intimidating. The likes of pacers Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah have been vital pillars of the side among the group of talented bowlers the team possesses.

Dale Steyn Thinks KL Rahul Would May Have Created A Problem For Him As A Bowler

Dale Steyn, former South Africa speedster, took to Twitter on Tuesday, where he hosted a Question and Answer session. Quite obviously, Dale Steyn was bombarded with several questions pertaining to matters both on and off the field. One of the questions to Dale Steyn was to select one batter from the present who would have caused him trouble during his career.

“In today’s generation which batter do you think would have created a problem for you as a bowler?” the tweet read. 

Two letters were all that Dale Steyn needed to reply to this question. His reply, stating ‘KL’, quite obviously means India’s most promising batsman KL Rahul. It is only fair to say that KL Rahul is perhaps in the form of his life. Ever since he made his return to the Test side, KL Rahul has consistently been among the runs. The stylish openers accumulated 315 runs in four Tests in England, which included a brilliant match-winning century at Lord’s.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul carried forward his good run into the IPL 2021 as well as being on the orange cap list is nothing new to him. He scored 626 runs, emerging as the third-highest run-getter in the 2021 season. Unfortunately, he could not replicate the same form against Pakistan and New Zealand in the T20 World Cup. But he did come back strong, striking three consecutive fifties against Afghanistan (69), Scotland (54), and Namibia (50*).

KL Rahul won the orange cap scoring 670 runs at an average of 55.83 in IPL 2020, and followed it up by scoring 626 runs averaging 62.6 in 13 IPL 2021 games. As a result, KL Rahul finished as 3rd highest run-getter behind CSK’s openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis in IPL 2021.

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