The word ‘Rahul’ has dominated Indian Cricket for a long time now. Yes, we are talking about Mr Dependable, Mr. Cool, The Wall- Rahul Dravid who was one of the best batsmen in the world to have graced the game of Cricket and is currently training the future of Indian Cricket. Although, for a few weeks now there’s another Rahul who has been grabbing everybody’s eyeballs from Cricket lovers to Cricket Pundits. People are hailing him for his adaptability into different roles for his team and being one of the main reasons why the Kangaroos went back with an ODI series loss.
Scoring over 500 fantasy points on one of the best fantasy sports app, BalleBaazi: Kannur Lokesh Rahul became the first choice Captain on our fantasy cricket platform. Not only has the Kings XI Punjab wicket-keeper & Captain provided balance in the batting order but his presence behind the wickets has given Virat Kohli the chance to choose him as his first-choice wicket keeper.
Here are the top 5 moments that make KL Rahul a great find for Indian Cricket:
1. Replaced Shikhar Dhawan at the top in World Cup 2019
After his iconic century in the World Cup game against Australia, Shikhar Dhawan had to stay out of the squad owing to his thumb injury. Captain Kohli turned to KL Rahul for filling up the opening slot and boy, did he make something exceptional out of it. He played the supporting role for the in-form Rohit Sharma who was in the form of his life during the World Cup. Rahul scored 2 half centuries and one century during the World Cup making amends for the loss India had been through because of Dhawan’s injury.
2. Perfect Reader of the Game
You call him at number 4, 5 or even as the opener, he adjusts his game according to what the situation demands. He has been a great anchor to Rohit Sharma at the start of the innings, filled up the much debated 4th slot to perfection and made a mockery of the Kangaroo bowling attack in the 2nd ODI where scoring 80 off just 52 balls coming in at number 5. He’s been exposed to the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy and Ranji which has made him more aware of the game and powered up his roots completing him as a player.
3. Delivers at every Position
In the 3rd ODI against Australia, Dhawan was again exposed to injury and was ruled out of the match, thereby not appear for the opening slot. KL Rahul came in and gave India a steady start before he unfortunately lost his wicket. This was a rare failure in the last one year that he’s played white ball cricket. Whether it’s a T20 or an ODI, KL Rahul has become that dependable option who is an assured fantasy pick in your BalleBaazi Playing 11. Credits 9.0!
4. Keeps wickets & options both
After Virat Kohli said in his recent press conference, Indian cricket pundits have started envisioning Rahul as the first-choice wicket keeper and questions have started coming on the role of Rishabh Pant in the squad. Where does he fit in? As a keeper? As a pinch hitter? Or just someone who will only warm up the bench. With Samson, Ishan Kishan awaiting their chance in the squad, it becomes very critical to allot roles for every player in the team to strike a balance. Bringing in KL as a wicket keeper, gives India the option to include another batsmen like Manish Pandey or Kedar Jadhav in the playing 11.
5. The Review Expert
We all know what an expert reviewer MS Dhoni is behind the stumps! But recently during the third ODI KL Rahul helped India save two critical reviews on the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav & Navdeep Saini. What appeared to be a plumb chance for Kuldeep was negated by Rahul and evidently, the ball was spinning past the leg stump. Similarly, what appeared to be a nick off the edge of the blade to Saini was put down by KL! Thankfully ultra edge confirmed his deduction on the big screen.
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