KL Rahul was criticized for his 36-ball 39 as the India vice-captain struggled to gain momentum against Hong Kong’s bowling attack in Dubai on Wednesday, August 31. Rahul hit 2 well-timed sixes, but he continued to find the outfielders as he struggled to be fluid in a knock that could have dented India’s chances.The inability of KL Rahul to get to the top, Rohit pressured Sharma, who had to go after the Hong Kong bowlers of the word go. Rohit got out for a 13-ball 21, then India huffed after 10 overs and puffed to 70. Rahul got out in the 13th when India had just crossed the 90 point mark. However, the Asian giants were able to put up 192 for 2, thanks to a stunning knock from Suryakumar Yadav, who hit 26 ball, 68 no out, and a steady 59 from Virat Kohli.Rohan said there could be a change in Indian lineup if KL Rahul continues batting without fluency, but stressed that team management would have given him the license to spend time in the middle and not worry about hitting percentage .
“Look, you know, I think he’s coming back from a long, long injury layoff. He didn’t get too many chances in Zimbabwe. And I think if you look at yesterday’s innings separately and you look at you say, okay listen, 36 out of 39 deliveries against Hong Kong seem to be slow,” Rohan Gavaskar told Sports 18’s ‘Sports Over The Top’ show.”But I think in this case the team management would have said to him, ‘This is a bit of a free hit, you know, you know 999 times out of 1000 you’re going to beat Hong Kong. So this was a bit of a free hit. , KL saying take your time there get ready feel you’re in the middle and then we’ll see how it goes If he continues to bat like he did in yesterday’s game then I think you know we may see a small change.”But I think there may have been a suggestion from the team management yesterday that said don’t worry about the strike rate for this particular game. Just worry about spending time in the middle, getting some runs, what gain confidence. confident that KL Rahul is an asset.”Rahul had returned to competitive action after being out of action for nearly 3 months due to injury and illness during India’s Zimbabwe tour. Rahul underwent surgery for a sports hernia after leading the Lucknow Super Giants to the play-offs in IPL 2022. He was named captain for a home series against South Africa but was replaced by Rishabh Pant due to the injury.Rahul was due to return for India’s tour of the West Indies in July, but he contracted Covid-19 and was ultimately ruled out.Rahul didn’t get much playing time in the 3 ODIs in Zimbabwe. In the Asian Cup opener against Pakistan, Rahul stepped out for a first-ball duck.Pressure on India’s vice-captain is mounting as the defending champions await tougher challenges in the Super Four stage of the 2022 Asia Cup.— ENDS —