India vs South Africa 2nd T20, KL Rahul: Opener KL Rahul was also instrumental in Team India’s victory in the second T20 played in Guwahati. Rahul played an explosive innings of 57 runs in just 28 balls at a strike rate of 203.57. During this, 5 fours and 4 sixes came off his bat. After the match, Rahul also gave a befitting reply to the critics.
India opener KL Rahul hit back at his critics, saying he bats according to the demands of the innings, after scoring a blistering half-century in the second T20 against South Africa on Sunday amid criticism for a slow strike rate.
Questions were raised about the Indian vice-captain’s strike rate during his 56-ball 51 in the first match of the series against South Africa in the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates and then in Thiruvananthapuram. Rahul said in the press conference after the second T20 match, “Yes, scoring runs at a higher strike rate was the demand of this innings. When you are batting first, you obviously give yourself a few overs to assess the conditions. Want to give. To see what shots you can play.”
He said, “You talk to your partner. Give yourself a target and then you try and play according to that. We always try to be more aggressive, take a lot of risks. To me today That’s the kind of innings that was needed and I’m glad I played it.”
Rahul hit some sixes very easily at fine square leg with the help of his brilliant wrist. He said, “Yes, we all have a certain gift and that’s why we are playing for the country. We have come here because naturally there are some talents.”
Rahul said, “This is T20 cricket. You have to be in a position to try to hit sixes. When the ball comes at 145 kmph, you don’t have much time to see the ball and react. You hit with ease. It takes years of practice.”
Rahul also came to the rescue of India’s fast bowlers who once again performed poorly here on Sunday. Defending a target of 237, India reduced South Africa’s score to 47 for three but the hosts were unable to break the 174-run partnership between David Miller and Quinton de Kock and both of them were close to a memorable victory. were taken.
Rahul said, “If it (bowling) was such a big concern, I don’t think we would have won so many matches. We always want to keep getting better as a team. Today was one of those days when our bowlers Seven out of 10 balls could not be bowled right but that doesn’t mean it will continue to happen. It’s something we need to learn from and get better.” He said, “In the last match they restricted the opposition for 106 runs and today they gave a lot of runs. You have to keep in mind the conditions, the pitch also.”
Arshdeep Singh, who dismissed Temba Bavuma and Riley Roseau within three balls in his first over, conceded 62 runs in four overs while Harshal Patel spent 45 runs in four overs with no success. Both of them are included in the team going for the World Cup.
Rahul said that due to the dew, the bowlers were finding it difficult to catch the ball. He said, “It was humid here and there was dew so it was difficult for the bowlers to hold the ball and when the opposition is chasing 240, you know the batsmen will take a tough stand and try to play big shots on every ball. will do.”