Tom Moody, the former Australian all-rounder, coach and commentator believes KL Rahul was picked on the basis of his class not form as he was included in all three squads – Tests, ODIs and T20Is for the tour of Australia, thereby making a comeback in India’s Test squad having last seen in whites in August 2019.
Tom Moody believes the in-form KL Rahul, who so far has scored 595 runs at an average of 59.50 and is leading run-scorer in IPL 2020, will be well on his way with a little confidence.
Tom Moody: KL Rahul Was Picked For Class Not Form And Will Need Just Confidence To Shine
Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody has backed opener KL Rahul to perform well in Australia, especially during the four-Test series the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting December 17 in Adelaide.
KL Rahul was included in all three squads – Tests, ODIs and T20Is for the tour of Australia, making a comeback in India’s Test squad having last played against West Indies in August 2019 and was ignored for tests in New Zealand as well as against Bangladesh and South Africa.
Tom Moody believes the in-form KL Rahul, who so far has scored 595 runs in IPL 2020 will be well on his way with a little confidence.
“They have picked class. He may not have recent form in Test cricket. KL Rahul has class player,” Moody said in a conversation with ESPNCricinfo. “They have selected someone who has experience Down Under. Not every player gets it right the first time. I think he is a three-format player.”
“He can easily grab the Test cricket by the scruff of the neck and have an outstanding cricketer. We know he has the game; he just needs confidence in the same.”
KL Rahul made his international debut in 2014 and scored his maiden Test century in his second Test match. KL Rahul averages 34 and has scored a shade over 2000 runs in 36 Tests while averaging more than 45 in white-ball limited-overs cricket.
KL Rahul’s Performance During India’s Last Tour To Australia Didn’t Go Well
KL Rahul scored 3 and 1 in the third Test in Melbourne but followed it with a maiden Test century in the next game in Sydney during the Australian tour. However, KL Rahul’s last tour of Australia wasn’t up to the mark with the batsman managing to score only 57 runs from three Tests in the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy which India won 2-1 to register their first Test series win in Australia with Cheteshwar Pujara scoring bulk runs.
Ever since, KL Rahul has played just two Tests in the two-match series against West Indies, scoring 101 runs with a best of 44 before getting dropped. He was omitted from the tour of New Zealand in 2020 but scored plenty of runs in limited-overs cricket, and a good IPL 2020 saw him being selected in whites again.