Rahul Dravid confident of KL Rahul’s ability: The former Indian captain has spoken highly of the out-of-form cricketer.
The year 2018 wasn’t one of the best for India opening batsman Lokesh Rahul. While he was in instrumental form in the Indian Premier League for Kings XI Punjab, his form at the highest level was highly contrasting.
In the 28 matches which Rahul played across formats since the start of 2018, he scored 870 runs at an average of 26.36 and a strike rate of 78.94. While he scored a couple of international hundreds in England, what happened before and after them was abysmal.
Is Kohli missing too many games? Will KL Rahul feature in the World Cup? And who’s the better paceman – Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Mohammed Shami? All that on today’s special edition of @RooterSports presents ‘The Knockout Show’.
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Talking specifically about Test matches, Rahul scored 477 runs in 13 Test matches at a below par average of 21.68 and a strike rate of 59.69. After his suspension was revoked earlier this year, Rahul came back to represent India A in three unofficials ODIs. Returning with scores of 13, 42 and 0, Rahul didn’t make the best of the chances given to him.
With the looming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Rahul would be desperately to be back among the runs. Given his recent form, it doesn’t seem an easy road ahead for him. Rahul Dravid, former India captain and Rahul’s coach at India A, sounded confident about him. Speaking to the media during India A’s matches against England Lions, Dravid mentioned that he is not worried about Rahul form.
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“I have no doubt that Rahul has quality and ability. He’s playing the four-dayers [against the Lions], and he’s proven he can succeed in the international level in all three formats. He’s one player who has hundreds in T20Is, Tests and ODIs so I’m not worried about his form,” he said.
Being asked about India’s chances in the World Cup, Dravid talked in the affirmative claiming India to be the ‘favourites’ in England. “But India are playing very good cricket and definitely go in as one of the favourites. Hopefully, the boys can peak over the next few months,” Dravid added.