New Delhi: India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul looks elated ahead of the upcoming Australia series. He has described it as an opportunity to improve himself. Ahead of the first T20I against Australia, Rahul addressed the press and explained how he can improve himself as an opener.
The vice-captain of the Indian cricket team for limited overs said, “No one is perfect. I am working on how I can improve as an opener and provide more support for the team.”
Let us tell you that Rahul has been criticized for his performance in the team. His strike rate also gives his critics a great opportunity to corner him. Out of Rahul’s 61 T20 innings, 29 are against Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan. Rahul hasn’t faced South Africa yet. His strike rate is just 133.56 at an average of 30.88 runs.
The Indian stand-in captain said, “The most important thing is what your teammates think. There is criticism. There are roles assigned by the management. We criticize ourselves more than others.”
Confusion over Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik
The first of three matches against Australia starts in Mohali on Tuesday evening and it will be interesting to see the management stand against Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. While Pant has failed to score big in the shorter format, Karthik has received immense support from fans and experts for being India’s designated finisher in the World Cup.
However, the management is yet to take a call on either of the two and when KL Rahul was asked to look into the matter at the press conference on Monday, the vice-captain of the team also failed to give a straight answer.
“It really depends on what kind of combination we want to go with. It will always first depend on the surface we are going to play on. Second, the teams we are playing against. And yes, these decisions are not easy,” he said.
Rahul further said that both Pant and Karthik have different roles in the team. “Obviously, they are both really high quality players and they are playing really well. Both do different roles for me. So for us as a team, and for the captain and coach, clearly the leadership is in the group. To see what role we need on that special day.”