Former Indian bowler Ashish Nehra feels that KL Rahul’s unbeaten fifty, regardless of not being amongst his finest work, will give him confidence heading into the T20 World Cup. The wicket-keeper batter scored 51 off 56 deliveries in Staff India’s eight-wicket win over South Africa within the first T20I on Wednesday, September 28.
The Karnataka-born batter had his work lower out whereas going through the South African tempo trio on a grassy floor in Thiruvananthapuram. Rahul solely scored 11 runs off his first 26 deliveries as India ended the powerplay at 17-1, their lowest rating after six overs.
He slowly acquired into the groove throughout his unbeaten 93-run partnership alongside Suryakumar Yadav and reached the 50-run mark off the ultimate supply of the competition.
Opining that KL Rahul was effectively inside his rights to take his time on a testing floor like this one, Ashish Nehra mentioned on Cricbuzz:
“When two of your senior gamers get out early, then somebody must deal with the innings. Not that KL Rahul was in full management, his taking part in type is totally totally different when in comparison with Suryakumar Yadav.”
“He escaped a variety of shut calls however remained not out, this may give him loads of confidence. I believe it’s effective that he took his time as a result of it was not like he was struggling on a flat pitch.”
A sluggish fifty within the first T20I marks KL Rahul’s third fifty since his return. He scored half-centuries within the last contest off the Asia Cup 2022 in addition to the collection opener towards Australia final week.
South Africa made straightforward work of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and had KL Rahul on the ropes as effectively, however left the foot off the pedal to permit India to claw their manner again into the sport. Spinners did not make an affect on a floor that didn’t supply flip because the hosts secured an eight-wicket win.
Noting that the Indian batters assumed management of the run chase as soon as the spinners got here onto bowl, former Indian pacer RP Singh mentioned throughout the identical interplay:
“Indian batters performed freely as soon as the spinners got here onto bowl. They’re sound batters towards spin bowling, they began to rotate the strike.”
Proteas spinners Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi ended wicketless as they completed the competition with mixed figures of 0-48 off 5.4 overs. Indian spinners, alternatively, had a straightforward outing after the tempo assault dismantled the South African batting unit within the powerplay itself.
“Seeing this pitch, Umesh Yadav should have additionally wished to be a part of the taking part in XI” – Ashish Nehra
India went into the competition with a shuffled bowling unit. Jasprit Bumrah was dominated out on account of a again niggle, which paved the best way for Deepak Chahar. The absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar meant that Arshdeep Singh additionally featured. Among the many gamers who couldn’t discover a spot within the taking part in XI was Umesh Yadav, who was added to the squad earlier at this time as a substitute for Mohammad Shami.
Stating that Umesh Yadav would have carried out effectively on this floor, Nehra mentioned:
“Seeing this pitch, Umesh Yadav should have additionally wished to be a part of the taking part in XI. He used to bowl effectively within the powerplay on flat pitches as effectively.”
“Had he bowled 24 outswingers on a Check match size, he would have troubled the batters rather a lot.”
The 2 groups may have a three-day break as they head to Guwahati for the second T20I. The competition is scheduled to happen on Sunday, October 2.
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