India’s opener KL Rahul is on the cusp of joining the elite list in the T20I format. Rahul is only 26 runs shy of 1000 runs in the shortest format of the game. Thus, if the flamboyant manages to get 26 runs in the first T20I against the West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on 6th December, he will become the seventh Indian to achieve the feat.
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, and Yuvraj Singh have managed to achieve this feat thus far. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the upcoming series against the Windies and hence Rahul will get the chance to open the innings with vice-captain Rohit Sharma.
Rahul is back in form.
Rahul has so far scored 974 runs at an impressive average of 42.35 and a blistering strike rate of 145.37. The stylish right-hander has scored six fifties and two centuries in the T20I version.
Rahul wasn’t in the best of forms in the recent past but he was able to get his confidence back in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The right-hander scored 313 runs in the eight matches at an average of 52.16 and a strike rate of 155.72.
Hence, Rahul was instrumental in taking Karnataka to glory in the tournament. Subsequently, Rahul will like to continue his current form going at the International level.
Furthermore, Rahul scored 598 runs in the 11 matches of the Vijay Hazare trophy. The right-hander scored his runs at an average of 66.44 and a strike rate of 81.25.
On the other hand, India will like to draw first blood in the three-match T20I series against West Indies. The Indian team had whitewashed the Windies when they had played against them in August. The hosts’ have got back Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav in their side.