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After Virat Kohli India batting coach Rathour backs under fire KL Rahul He will come out of this lean phase

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Virat Kohli, Cricket, India, kl rahul

KL Rahul has struggled with the bat this year ever since he came back to the Indian squad after a wrist injury that he suffered on the Australian tour in December, 2020.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • KL Rahul has managed scores of 0, 0, 1 in the T20I series vs England so far
  • Rahul was averaging over 44 in T20Is last year with over 400 runs from 11 games
  • I think KL has been our best batsman in the T20 format: Vikram Rathour said

Team India batting coach Vikram Rathour backed under-fire opener KL Rahul after he failed to fire with the bat yet again in the third T20 international against England in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

Rahul has had a torrid time in the series so far with scores of 0, 0 and 1 in the three games out of five. But Rathour and India skipper Virat Kohli put their weight behind the Karnataka batsman despite his repeated failures in the series.

He was averaging over 44 in the shortest format last year and had amassed over 400 runs from 11 games. He was the Player of the Series in the New Zealand T20Is and was the Orange Cap holder in IPL 2020 with 670 runs at a staggering average of 55.83.

But he has struggled this year ever since he came back to the squad after a wrist injury that he suffered on the Australian tour in December last year.

He opened the batting with Rohit Sharma in the third T20I, which was India's this new opening combination in this series, but failed to trouble the scorers after lasting just 4 balls. He equalled the record for the most number of ducks in a T20I series/tournament by an Indian.

"Anybody can have a lean phase. Last one year, I think KL has been our best batsman in the T20 format. He's averaging more than 40 with a strike rate of 145 (Rahul averaged 44.70 with a strike rate of 141.52 since January 2019 till the start of this series).

"So three failures does not change that fact, that he's maybe the best batsman we have in that format, and he's done really well for us in the past year.

"I think this is the time that, as a team, we need to support him. Absolutely sure he will come out of this lean phase that he's going through," Rathour said at the post-match press conference.

Team India suffered an 8-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the third T20I after failing to defend 156 on a good batting track at the Narendra Modi stadium.

Kohli's superb 77 not out helped India reach 156 for 6 after a poor start but the score wasn't big enough for England, who gunned down the target in 18.2 overs thanks to the knocks played by Jos Buttler (83 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (40 not out).

 

Source: INDIA TODAY

Virat Kohli, Cricket, India, kl rahul

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