KL Rahul, India batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Rahul's game sense and adaptability key in England

KL Rahul has the game sense that can make him one of the key players in the World Cup. He reads the conditions and the match situation well and modifies his approach accordingly.

G Rajaraman, May 16, 2019 11:00:25 IST

Picked as the third opener after Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, it is possible that the team management will use KL Rahul at No 3 or No 4 in the batting order, given that he has been in good touch in the few weeks ahead of the World Cup, using the competitive Indian Premier League to find consistency and a flow that can stand him in good stead.

File picture of KL Rahul. AP

File picture of KL Rahul. AP

There are some who may point out that he has played only in 14 one-day internationals and lacks the experience at this level. The century he made on debut against Zimbabwe remains the only one in one-day internationals. And his two half-centuries have come against them and Afghanistan while he has not played against many leading teams. Yet, he is no spring chicken as he has played at the highest level for more than four years, including in 34 Tests and 27 Twenty20 internationals.

He has shown a remarkable ability to rally from the setback of having to return from Australia in the wake of a controversial shoot of the Koffee with Karan episode. He has deliberately embraced a more mature demeanour on the cricket field. Having missed out on the one-day series in Australia and the limited-over series in New Zealand, he returned to the international stage by scoring well in the Twenty20 series against Australia at home.

He has the game sense that can make him one of the key players in the World Cup. He reads the conditions and the match situation well and modifies his approach accordingly. He can bring a cerebral approach to the madness that batting in limited-over cricket can be. A lot of people will be hoping the openers and Virat Kohli will score big in the World Cup, but it should not surprise anyone if Rahul steals the thunder with his ability to adapt.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 11:03:11 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254