IND vs ENG: KL Rahul Fails As Opener, Middle-Order May Be Way Ahead
On November 25 last year, two days before the ODI series in Australia was to begin, the then India vice-captain K.L. Rahul had admitted that he isn't blessed with power-hitting but said that he has other ways of scoring runs.
Rahul was coming in after a very productive Indian Premier League (IPL) season, winning the Orange Cap on the back of the 670 runs he scored in IPL 2020.
But over four months after finishing as IPL's top-scorer, Rahul is struggling at the international level of the format. Let aside big-hitting, he is struggling to even get off the mark.
The right-handed batsman has scored just one run in his last three innings with the last two outings resulting in a couple of ducks. Even in the last T20 International, he played in the series in Australia, Rahul made a duck which makes it three ducks in his last four T20Is.
It puts his place in the playing XI for the fourth T20I on Thursday in doubt and there is a likelihood that he may be pushed down the batting order to No. 4 if not left out.