Former India star all-rounder Suresh Raina reckons that Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul proves that he is in the best phase of his career.
Rahul has been a consistent run of form in the ongoing IPL 2022. He smashed two centuries so far and scored 451 runs in 10 games.
He also has two centuries against Mumbai Indians and as many half-centuries. With Lucknow facing Kolkata Knight Riders at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Saturday, Rahul now needs just 49 more runs to reach the 500-run mark for the fifth consecutive season of IPL, making him one of the most consistent batters of the tournament in recent times.
“KL (Rahul) is in the best mindset right now, he’s batting with a very positive mindset. He is playing some amazing shots which proves that he is in the best phase of his career. He is trying a few new things as well this season (in his batting). He plays with the mind of the bowlers and traps them. He forces the bowlers to bowl in the areas which are his strong zones and constructs his innings accordingly. It is really commendable to see him bat like this,” said Raina on Cricket Live show on Star Sports.
“KL Rahul is trying to play captaincy innings this year. He can be aggressive from the word go and he’s capable of starting his innings with a six but he is curbing his instincts in order to play long and impactful knocks.”
“He has all the shots in his arsenal, he can play sweep shots, he can pull shots, and he plays those cut shots brilliantly but the reason why he’s taking his time into the middle is to prolong his innings. He can take risks as there are many good batsmen in his team but he’s looking to bat with the responsibility and lead his side from the front.”
Rahul has seen a sudden rise in his career as the star batter was first appointed as Team vice-captain and later he captained India in a Test match followed by a 3-match ODI series earlier this year in South Africa.