former India Cricketer Maninder Singh advised flamboyant opener KL Rahul to bat with a gritty approach to white-ball cricket to showcase his class. Rahul has been under a lot of scanners after his sub-par display in the recently concluded T20 Globalism Cup where he failed in the decisive matches against Pakistan, South Africa and England (in the semi-finals). The 30-year-old hasn’t looked at his best as he struggles to get ahead in the preliminary matches as a result of India’s failure to get a quick start in the powerplay.
Rahul picked up an injury during this year’s IPL and missed crucial series against South Africa, England and the West Indies after the cash-rich league. However, he returned to the team for the tour of Zimbabwe.
He played a few impressive strokes in the build-up to the T20 World Cup but struggled on the bouncy Australian tracks.
While Maninder suggested that even the vice-captain could be dropped from the team if he failed to perform.
“KL Rahul seems to have been in a shell since the Zimbabwean series. He should get out of it because we know what kind of classy cricketer he is. You can’t even use up to 5-6 overs in advance in ODI cricket. He needs to take a brave approach In T20 and ODI cricket.”You can be brought down even if you are a vice-captain,” Maninder said in a media interaction organized by Sony. sports Mesh ahead of the ODI series against Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Maninder has greatly impressed with the emergence of young opener Shopman Gill who has been scoring consistently well in ODIs this year. The veteran spinner feels India should accommodate Shubman in all three formats as he has a fearless approach to facing the opposition.
“Shibman Gill seems like a different class of player than the others. He needs to play consistently for India across formats and has also been good in Tests, ODIs and even in T20 cricket whenever he gets a chance. You have to open up with him in white-ball cricket and make him At No. 3-5 in the Tests middle order, he “has that gritty approach that’s necessary going forward,” said Maninder.
However, Shubman is not part of India’s ODI series against Bangladesh as he will return to the side for the crucial Test series.