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Sunil Gavaskar shares his verdict on KL Rahul’s comeback ahead of ODI World Cup 2023

KL Rahul made his comeback in a contest against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2023.
Sunil Gavaskar and KL Rahul (Source - Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar and KL Rahul (Source – Twitter)

Indian Cricket team and fans took a sigh of relief after India’s star batter KL Rahul made his comeback to the team and displayed a magnificent performance in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2023. His comeback has also reduced multiple problems for the team management as the ODI World Cup is around the corner already.

Meanwhile, former legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has weighed in on KL Rahul’s comeback to the Indian side for the upcoming World Cup. Gavaskar, a respected voice in the cricketing world, has given his resounding approval for Rahul’s return to the national squad. He was delighted to see Rahul being fully fit ahead of the major tournament.

“Very, very good to see him fit. We all knew what his quality is. He has proven it over such a long time. The only question mark would have been about his fitness and in that century knock against Pakistan, he showed his fitness because it was not just a question of playing a long innings, but also running between the wickets. And who are you running with? Probably the fastest runner in the game between 22 yards, Virat Kohli. He did that so well. And later on came and kept wickets for a major part. That 100 percent proves his fitness,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

He is going to be the next big thing in Indian cricket: Sunil Gavaskar

Rahul, known for his explosive batting prowess, had faced a period of uncertainty due to injury and form fluctuations but now as he is fully fit, the cricketing world eagerly awaits Rahul’s performance on the global stage. However, Gavaskar further added and said that he has always stated that Rahul will be a big thing in the future.

“The most important thing was the self-belief he showed in that particular century. Often, I have always said… I have said about him way back in 2016 or 17 that he is going to be the next big thing in Indian cricket. If he hasn’t, he himself has to be blamed because I don’t think he actually realises how good a player he is. 

Sometimes, when he is batting, when is on the field, he gives the impression that he is not very confident about himself. On the field, you want that confidence to come through. You saw that confidence in that Pakistan innings. He got to play like that every time. He does sometimes play like that in the IPL. But now to see him bat the way that he did was absolutely wonderful,” he added.

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