- Oct 4, 2023
- Jun 11, 2023
Rohit Sharma has praised the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) captain KL Rahul for absorbing the pressure and delivering for the side during their recently concluded Asia Cup 2023 campaign. He was told just five minutes before the toss in the Super 4 match against Pakistan that he was playing after Shreyas Iyer suffered back spasms.
The middle-order batter missed the two-group stage of Asia Cup 2023. After picking up a niggle while he was rehabilitating from his thigh injury. He joined the team ahead of the Super 4 round but was not supposed to play against Pakistan until Shreyas was ruled out. The LSG captain has been India’s one of most consistent performers in the middle order. He smashed his 6th ODI century against Pakistan, he was unbeaten at 111 runs off 106 balls, and added a 233run partnership for the third wicket with Virat Kohli who scored 122 runs off 94 balls.
Rohit praised Rahul’s contribution to the win. He said, “It’s so tough when you have to come back like that. Five minutes before the toss, we told him he’s playing. An unfortunate incident happened [Shreyas Iyer suffered back spasm] and KL had to come in and play. To get a hundred like that shows the quality of the player, how mentally he’s ready for the challenge. We want players to stand up in big moments and in big pressure situations and a lot of the guys stood up.”
The 36-year-old added, “I know what’s happening with Shreyas. He was not available for this game [the final]. There were certain parameters that were kept for him to tick off. I think today [Sunday] he completed most of it. I would say 99% he should be ok as of now. But he looks good. He batted, he fielded for long hours before we came today, he was on the ground. So he’s looking good at this point in time. So I don’t think it’s a worry for u.”
Team India won the continental event for the 8th time beating Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the final.