IND vs SA Live Update: Ravi Shastri is certain that KL Rahul’s stellar performance in the shortest version of the game would serve him well when he heads Team India in the Twenty20 International series against South Africa.
Rahul is one of India’s most productive batsmen in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). In the 56 matches he has participated in, he has accumulated 1831 runs at an outstanding average of 40.68. The opening batter is also coming into the series against the Proteas riding high on a great run with the bat in IPL 2022. This performance will carry over into the series against the Proteas.
What did Ravi Shastri say about KL Rahul?
In the course of a conversation on the program ‘Game Plan’ broadcast on Star Sports, Shastri was questioned whether or not all eyes would be on Rahul as captain and whether or not it is time for him to flourish. His response was:
“It is, and he is not surprised by that in any way. He has previously served as Captain of India. He is at his absolute peak of performance in T20. If you go back over the last two or three years, you will see that he has been one of the players in this format who has maintained the greatest consistency.”
The former head coach of Team India believes that Rahul would flourish after being a captain. Shastri continued by saying:
“His IPLs are consistently strong year after year. Therefore, it is a framework that he is used to, and he has no trouble functioning inside it. The fact that he is now the captain will undoubtedly excite him more than before because of the increased responsibility.”
In Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), Rahul has never led Team India as captain. The only time he has filled in for Rohit Sharma as captain was when Sharma was injured in New Zealand. In the early part of this year, he led the Men in Blue in the one-day international series against the Proteas, although his team ended up on the losing side in all three games.
IND vs SA Live Update: Ravi Shastri has praised Rahul for the quality of players at his disposal, stating, “He has got a fantastic side.”
Despite this, the respected expert wrapped off his analysis by stating that the South African team should not be underestimated. Shastri argued as follows:
“Mind you, they are going up against strong opposition. South Africa has a solid team when it comes to Twenty20 cricket. Many of its players are used to the circumstances in India as a result of their participation in the Indian Premier League over the years. They have competed against one another rather often in recent times. So they are already acquainted with one another and will not be intimidated by India. Therefore, it seems like it’s going to be a fun competition.”
The South African team has a multitude of players that had impressive performances in the most recent season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). During the Indian Premier League 2022, players like David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, and Aiden Markram starred for their respective teams. These players will want to maintain their strong performances in the Twenty20 International series against India.