Gautam Gambhir feels that KL Rahul should play to the best of his talents and with greater freedom in Twenty20 cricket.
In India’s match versus Hong Kong in Group A of the Asia Cup 2022, which took place on Wednesday in Dubai, Rahul scored 36 runs off of 39 deliveries (August 31). The Men in Blue started the game by setting a very high aim of 193 runs, and they ended up winning by a score of 40 runs.
What did Gautam Gambhir say about KL Rahul?
In the course of a conversation on Star Sports, Gambhir was questioned on whether or not India’s vice-captain would have gained confidence as a result of Wednesday’s knock. In response to a question on the batting abilities of Rahul and Rohit Sharma, he said:
“KL Rahul has a remarkable amount of talent. He has shown that he is more capable than Rohit Sharma by doing well in international cricket, which is why I will not be bashful about saying that he probably has more talent than Rohit Sharma in this dressing room. If he doesn’t let himself play freely, the only one who can stop him is himself.”
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Gambhir continued by stating that in the shortest format of the game, Rahul should not bat cautiously. The former India opener explained it as follows:
“He is not required to demonstrate anything to anybody at any time. You are just holding yourself back by not playing freely, as seen by the success of international cricket and the Indian Premier League. The game of Twenty20 cricket was developed so that players could more freely express themselves.”
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Because he does not express himself well at the top of the batting order, KL Rahul has received a lot of criticism from both cricket analysts and fans. Even though he has just made his comeback to the international scene after a lengthy absence, the Indian team may ask him to bat with more aggression if they want him to keep his spot in the lineup for the next Twenty20 World Cup.