Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag warns KL Rahul to improve his running between the wickets skill. In the recently concluded 2nd ODI vs West Indies, KL Rahul loses his wicket while scoring 49 runs via a run-out dismissal.
Sehwag warns KL Rahul
In the second ODI vs WI India struggles to build a partnership after three of its top players return to the pavilion without creating an impact in the scorecard. India scored 43 runs for 3 wickets loss in 12 overs. At this stage, KL Rahul entered and joins hands with Suryakumar Yadav and starts to add some runs to the Indian scoreboard.
A disappointing mix-up led to Rahul’s run-out, which also broke their fourth-wicket partnership, and Sehwag feels the former Punjab Kings skipper has to work on his running between the wickets.
KL scored 49 off 48 balls, including four fours and two sixes. Suryakumar played the anchoring role, with 64 off 83 balls to pull the team out from a precarious situation.
“KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav stitched an important partnership after the early blows. Rahul played well and could have gone on to score big runs, if not for the runout,” said Sehwag in a video shared on his social media accounts.
“There was an easy chance of a double, but he stopped in the middle, which caused the dismissal. He must work on his running between the wickets… shouldn’t repeat mistakes he made in Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings),” he further added.
India have also tried new opening combinations in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan. Ishan Kishan started the innings with Rohit in the series opener while Rishabh Pant opened alongside Rohit in the second game.
The 23-year-old Pant is known for his fearless brand of cricket but has also received flak for his rash shot selection. Sehwag, who himself used to play in a similar fashion, believes Pant can be “dangerous” if he succeeds in the opening role.
“I was surprised to see Rishabh Pant open. But many were surprised when I was promoted to the opening spot from the middle-order and also when Rohit Sharma was. Both of us ultimately succeeded as openers and Pant can be very dangerous if he is able to establish himself at that position in white-ball cricket,” said Sehwag.
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