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"Just like Virat Kohli, he was getting out to his first mistake" – Sunil Gavaskar lauds KL Rahul’s knock in 1st IND vs AUS ODI

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Sunil Gavaskar has praised KL Rahul for taking India to a win within the first ODI towards Australia on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday, March 17.

Hardik Pandya and Co. bowled out the Aussies for 188 after asking them to bat first. Rahul then scored an unbeaten 75 off 91 deliveries because the Males in Blue chased down the goal with 5 wickets and 61 deliveries to spare to start out the three-match sequence on a constructive observe.

Throughout a post-match dialogue on Star Sports activities, Gavaskar was requested about his ideas on KL Rahul’s knock, to which he replied:

“We mentioned earlier as nicely that he has the method and temperament however typically you want luck as nicely. Identical to Virat Kohli, he was getting out to his first mistake, however his physique language did not use to be like Virat Kohli’s.”

The previous Indian skipper praised Rahul for guaranteeing that India received throughout the road, elaborating:

“Virat Kohli used to get out however nonetheless his physique language was completely different, he was assured. You would not have mentioned the identical factor about Rahul. However the way in which he batted right this moment, he repaid the staff administration for the religion proven in him. He stayed until the top, it was not that he may have performed something as he had scored a fifty.”

India had been in a spot of trouble when Ravindra Jadeja joined Rahul within the center, with the rating studying 83/5 on the fall of Hardik Pandya’s wicket. The duo strung collectively an unbroken 108-run sixth-wicket partnership to take the staff residence.

“He has been uncovered to different-different conditions” – Sanjay Bangar on KL Rahul

KL Rahul has opened for India in 23 ODIs. [P/C: BCCI]
KL Rahul has opened for India in 23 ODIs. [P/C: BCCI]

Sanjay Bangar identified that the presence of a batsman like KL Rahul within the center order stood India in good stead in Friday’s recreation, explaining:

“Whoever bats at a number of positions, it turns into a robust level for them. He has been uncovered to different-different conditions. I really feel it was an enormous benefit that India had a participant at No. 5 who may play nicely down the order and towards the brand new ball as nicely.”

The previous Indian batting coach added that the wicketkeeper-batsman put forth a robust case for himself for a middle-order berth for the World Cup later this 12 months, stating:

“When you’ve got a top-order collapse, which has occurred in a couple of essential video games, you will have a participant who can see off the brand new ball after which can rating runs throughout the park. There isn’t any space the place he can’t play a shot. . He has introduced a particularly sturdy case for himself.”

Rahul hit seven fours and a six throughout his innings. He reached his fifty off 73 deliveries and scored 25 runs off the following 18 balls he confronted.

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