The strike rate of KL Rahul in T20 cricket was a hot topic of discussion. In the recently concluded IPL 2022, Rahul scored 616 runs and led his team the Lucknow Super Giants to the Playoffs. Despite scoring two centuries, the pace at which Rahul’s runs scored led to several debates, with many former cricketers pointing fingers at Rahul’s strike rate. In the Eliminator against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, because LSG had to shoot 208, Rahul pulled a lot flat for his 58-ball 79, especially since Rajat Patidar had countered only four balls less and hammered an unbeaten 112.
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Rahul had once discussed questions about his strike level, saying ‘strike rates are overestimated’. Former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif, in the wake of Rahul’s scoring figures, said this is not something that has surfaced this year alone. In fact, even when Rahul was the captain of the Punjab Kings, Latif pointed out that he had been hitting for a long time, preventing anyone as destructive as Glenn Maxwell from facing a large number of deliveries.
“Didn’t he play for Punjab Kings before this? He batted until the 15th-18th while Glenn Maxwell barely countered 2 balls. The team had no quality. Even Gayle was there, but he played in the end. Look, there’s no doubt that KL Rahul is a great player and the fields he played on and scored hundreds were the same where Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan. Sometimes as an opener batsman, he thinks it’s his responsibility to bat through, “Latif said on the YouTube show ‘Caught Behind’.
The former Pakistan captain mentioned that although Rahul is not in the same league as Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli, he is still a special player. At the same time, Latif feels that Rahul should work on his strike level, as his point ball percentage is a bit on the higher side for a player of that caliber.
“Rahul is not like Rohit Sharma. Rohit and Kohli belong to a different league, but Rahul is also a special player. That said he needs to improve a bit. He plays a few too many pitches for his taste. Since the runs he scores are big “The balls also came in handy a lot. When he played for Punjab, I felt the same way,” Latif added.