‘So, You see KL Rahul doesn’t need to worry about the strike rates’-Twitter erupts as KL Rahul scored his 18th T20I fifty

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India’s star opening batsman KL Rahul played a fearless brand of cricket during the first T20I against the Australian cricket team in Mohali. He looked in upbeat mode from the word go.

From the first minute, he started to take the opposition’s attack to the cleaners like a hot knife through butter. The right-handed batter earlier came under fire for his inability to score runs at the rate of knots.

Earlier, during the Asia Cup 2022 tournament, he could garner only 132 runs at an average of 26.40. Moreover, he had maintained a strike rate of 122.22, which is low considering a player of his stature.

Ahead of the first T20I against Australia, KL Rahul addressed the reporters at the pre-match press conference. While talking to reporters, he said he has been working hard on his strike rate.

The 30-year-old showcased his mettle in the first T20I against Australia. He went on to score his 18th T20I half-century, which came at the right time. His innings was a message to the naysayers and doubters who predicted Rahul to fail in the first game.

Rahul’s best part of the game was witnessed during the third over of India’s innings when he launched one into the stands off Josh Hazlewood. He displayed exceptional wrist work to send the ball to a maximum. This particular shot drew plaudits from across quarters.


KL Rahul not only scored a half-century but also completed 2000 runs in the shortest format of the game. He scored his fifty off 32 balls where he struck four boundaries and three sixes to his name at an improved strike rate of 157.14.

Rahul was looking so good at the crease but was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood in the penultimate ball of the 12th over. The right-handed batter departed after making 55 runs. He received a huge round of applause from the fans who turned up in numbers to watch the first T20I.

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