- Feb 25, 2024
- Jan 1, 2023
KL Rahul is considered to be one of the greatest T20I batters to have played for India. However, of late, the 30-year-old has been struggling with his strike rate and it has earned him a lot of criticism. The Lucknow captain in the Indian T20 League has amassed only 249 runs in nine T20Is he has played at a strike rate of 119.13 this year for India.
Amid all the criticism, Shane Watson has backed the Indian opener to play with a free mindset. Further, he said that the batter can be extremely threatening if he gets in the flow in Australia. Watson admitted that Rahul is one of his favourite batters and backed him to go big in the 20-20 World Cup 2022.
“KL Rahul is one of my favourite batters. To me when he is batting at his best, when he is aggressive, he takes the game on and is not trying to control the game. He has got that skill, when he is just reacting to the ball coming down, he has all the shots all around the ground against the best bowlers in the world,” Watson was quoted as saying.
Further, the 41-year-old expressed his desire to see the Indian batter flourish at the earliest. The legendary Australian also expressed his concern for India’s death bowling and added that it must be addressed before the mega tournament. “I love seeing him when he feels like he’s got nothing to lose, then he can even strike at 180 without taking too much risk. If he is able to do that (in Australia), there will be a lot of bowlers in trouble,” said the former Australia allrounder.
“India have certainly got the batting to do incredibly well in Australian conditions but the biggest question mark is around their fast bowling. The spinners, Axar Patel and Yuzi Chahal, are as good as anyone in the world in all conditions but the fast bowling without Bumrah in particular, whether they can execute skills under pressure at the back end of the game. That is where teams will be trying to expose India,” said Watson, as he expressed his concerns about India’s bowling.