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ICC World Cup 2019: Sanjay Bangar Desires KL Rahul To Be Versatile ODI Player Like Dravid 

ICC World Cup 2019: Sanjay Bangar Desires KL Rahul To Be Versatile ODI Player Like Dravid
Sanjay Bangar. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/PA Images via Getty Images)

Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar hopes KL Rahul to be versatile enough to open the innings for the team in the upcoming games.

After the thumb injury to Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul will be promoted to open again New Zealand. However, the young cricketer was expected to play a role at number four in this mega event.

But now he will instead partner Rohit Sharma at the top, at least for the next couple of games. On the other hand, Sanjay Bangar explained the challenges any player will face while playing different batting positions.

KL Rahul (Photo by Stu Forster-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

He took the classic example of former Indian crcketer Rahul Dravid. Dravid had played in various positions during his ODI career. From opening the innings to playing in lower middle order, Dravid had played in almost all positions.

He was quite a versatile player and adapted to the batting positions as per the team’s need. Bangar is hoping that KL Rahul could take a leaf out of Rahul Dravid‘s career.

“The advantages of playing in various situations is that you understand the game a lot better. If you are batting in the middle order and suddenly you go and bat in the top order, then you know how challenging it can be, wherein you need to negotiate two new balls but you also understand that there are all these boundary opportunities,” Bangar said.

“So if a player is able to do that — and if you look across the history of the game, players have been very versatile, and here if you take (example of) his namesake Rahul Dravid back at the various positions, actually, it helped the team big time,” Bangar added.

KL Rahul did a commendable job against South Africa at number four.


The batting coach went on to explain how each batting position will change the batting style. He once again quoted the example of how run scoring changes from top order to middle order.

“So if you are a top-order (batsman) and you get to bat in the middle order, then you get to know the challenges faced by the middle order,” Bangar said.

“There are a lot of big gaps out there in the field, and if you are in the top-order batting in the middle-order, you suddenly understand, okay, the balls which you would have hit for four in the first 10 or 12 overs, you only get a single”, the former all-rounder explained.

India are set to face New Zealand on Thursday in an important match. Both the teams are undefeated in the mega event. The Kiwis possess one of the strongest bowling lineups while India are more batsmen dominant team.

It will be an interesting battle and KL Rahul holds the key for India. His contribution at the top will ultimately play a major role for India until Dhawan recovers. India had already flown Rishabh Pant as a stand by to Shikhar Dhawan. The destructive player will start training with Indian team. If Dhawan fails to prove his fitness, Pant will be named as his replacement.

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