Virender Sehwag Backs KL Rahul; Draws Comparison Between MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli’s Captaincy
The versatility shown by the Indian opener, KL Rahul left a much positive impact on the veteran Indian cricketer, Virender Sehwag. The Karnataka cricketer batted at various positions in the recently-concluded limited-overs series against Australia.
The opening batsman was impressive with the bat coming in at No. 3 in the ODI opener and 5th in the second game at Rajkot. He had an impressive run in the penultimate ODI in which he scored 52-ball 80. While he aggregated 47 runs in the 1st game when no one else was able to show resilience against the Aussie pace attack.
Meanwhile, Rahul also showed some impeccable skills behind the wickets during the series. The 27-year-old right-hander served as a back-up wicketkeeper in the absence of Rishabh Pant who got hit on his helmet by Pat Cummins in Bengaluru
Sehwag draws a comparison between the team management of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli:
However, the impressive game by Rahul has left everyone impressed. The Indian ex-cricketer Sehwag believes that Rahul should be given time to set himself in the middle-order. Whereas, he also spoke about MS Dhoni’s captaincy who had great clarity with the roles of the cricketers in the team.
“If K.L. Rahul fails four times batting at No. 5, the current Indian team management will look to change his slot. However, same wasn’t the case with Dhoni, who knew how important it is to back players at such positions, having himself gone through the hard grind,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
Impressed with Rahul’s game, the former India opener said that the management should be patient with the players in the middle-order. According to him, the middle-order batsmen subsequently need ample support from the captain in comparison to the top-order.
“With the top-order finding it easier for a while in limited-over cricket, it is those in the middle-order who need backing from the captain. If you don’t give players time, how else will they learn and become big players?
“I myself batted in the middle-order before opening and made a lot of mistakes, which even resulted in the team’s defeat. But you don’t become a big player sitting outside on the bench. Players need time,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rahul had good skills in keeping the wickets as he played as the wicketkeeper-batsman for Karnataka in the domestic fold. And with his imposing game in the recently-concluded series, Rahul could possibly emerge as an outstanding wicketkeeper-batsman.
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