“KL Rahul temperamentally is not suited to take this kind of responsibility”, Says Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar

Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar believes that KL Rahul is not a kind of player who has the ability to take the game deep like many other Indian leading cricketers.

Sanjay Manjrekar Slams KL Rahul

While chasing or defending a target, experts always advice players to drag the match in depth as much as possible which can change the match flow even at the last delivery.

Manjrekar throws his view on KL Rahul after Lucknow Super Giants lost the IPL 2022 eliminator match. Manjrekar believes that MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma who excel in situations like these because of their solid temperament.

“We’ve seen enough of KL Rahul to now know that when he becomes this player, the captain, the key player of the side… I mean Virat Kohli loves that kind of responsibility. Dhoni loved it.

KL Rahul was handed an INR 24 lakh fine
KL Rahul was handed an INR 24 lakh fine for his team’s slow over-rate in their game against Mumbai Indians(Image Credit: IPL)

I think Rohit Sharma, barring this season, generally likes that kind of responsibility. Maybe KL Rahul temperamentally is not suited to take this kind of responsibility where he is the man who’s got to get the job done. They are just made of different mettle and maybe KL Rahul isn’t,” Majrekar said on a cricket show.

“As a coach, I would drill that into his head to tell him that I’m not expecting you to win the game. You just go and have fun, and funnily enough, you’ll see the results start coming and that’s why I believe he has a much better strike rate at the international level rather than at the IPL level because he’s just one of the many batters.

He’s playing alongside Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and the others, so he just goes out there and expresses himself,” he added.

KL Rahul will lead the Indian team against South Africa in the five-match T20I series.