Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir said that the world hasn’t seen the best from KL Rahul in the Indian Premier League. He said that Rahul is capable of having a season where he can get two-three centuries and compared him to Virat Kohli’s 2016 season.
“We haven’t seen the best of KL Rahul. Yes, he has got runs, but we still haven’t seen what he can achieve in his batting. You could have a season like Virat Kohli had once. He’s that kind of a player in white-ball cricket, where he can get 2-3 hundreds in a season and at a very good strike rate as well,” said Gambhir in Game Plan show on Star Sports.
“And I hope that it happens, because it has been a disappointment for Punjab Kings. After all, last time around, they had put a lot of faith on Glenn Maxwell and he didn’t fire; this time around Nicholas Pooran didn’t fire. When you start putting a lot of faith in international players and they don’t perform, so it puts a lot of pressure on the captain as well,” added Gambhir.
Rahul currently has 331 runs in the seven games the first half of IPL 2021 at an average of 66.20 and 136.2 strike rate.
Gambhir also commented on Virat Kohli’s form and said the RCB skipper will have to adjust his really quick in a shift of the format from Test cricket to T20s.
“See there’s going to be a challenge for Virat and there’s going to be a huge challenge for AB de Villiers as well because he will be coming into the tournament without playing any cricket at all. Virat Kohli will have to adjust really quickly because there’ll be hardly any time for him to get used to it. From the five-Test series to the T20 format, and AB as well, because these guys need to get runs if they have to have a chance to first qualify for the playoffs and then probably go on to win the title.”
Commenting on Chennai Super Kings former India opener said for Chennai Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu will play freely in the second half of IPL 2021 as they don’t have any further ambitions to play for India again.
“Probably sometimes, it’s a blessing in disguise when you don’t think of playing for India. People like Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina probably won’t have any ambitions to play for India anymore, so, they can go out and play freely. So, when you talk about not having too much match practice, but at the same time, they will have no pressure of expectations, because sometimes when you are knocking at the door of international cricket, you start putting a lot of pressure on yourself. But these guys will be under no pressure.”
The second half of IPL 2021 will begin on September 19 with five-time and defending Champions Mumbai Indians taking on three-time winner Chennai Super Kings.