Former India captain and battle legend Sunil Gavaskar
The elegant KL Rahul’s ability to score at a healthy pace playing a textbook stroke has caught the attention of none other than batter Sunil Gavaskar, who feels it’s a message that you don’t have to make shots to score quickly. In the ongoing IPL-15, Lucknow Super Giants skipper Rahul has been at the top of the bill in superb form and has already hit two hundred – both against Mumbai Indians. With 368 runs, he is the second highest finisher so far this season, just behind Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals.
Gavaskar said during Cricket Live on Star Sports: “He has been excellent. The best thing about KL Rahul’s percussion is that there is nothing agricultural in his cricket shots. Every shot he plays is a real breaststroke.
“So what he’s basically told you with his shooting skills is that you don’t have to make shots. When you have the shots, use them and the selection of his shots has been excellent.” Former England captain Kevin Pietersen also praised the Karnataka batter who claimed his strike was a breath of fresh air.
Pietersen said: “He has a wide range of shots in his arsenal. So he can hit you over the back foot point, he can cut you for a six. He can hit you over extra cover, he can hit you off the ground, and he may prefer you to midwicket.
“So, he really is a 360-degree batter. I mean, he’s a breath of fresh air. You can turn on the TV and watch him bat all day.” Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan said the right-handed batter plays according to the situation.
Irfan said: “Lokesh Rahul is the batsman who can increase or decrease the number of forwards depending on the situation. He has the style, elegance and aggression to build his innings the way he wants.
“He has good technique and a good temperament. He assesses the situations and strikes accordingly. Rahul knows very well when to switch gears.”
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