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IPL 2020: KL Rahul becoming a concern for Kings XI Punjab?

October 8, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

It has been a season of blended feelings for KL Rahul. Given the leadership position of a franchise for the whole season for the first time in his career, hardly any veterans and analysts have communicated enthusiasm indefinitely viewing Rahul and KXIP's advancement in IPL 2020, while backing him as Virat Kohli's replacement. KL Rahul of late has risen as a limited-overs star for the Indian Cricket Team and many have even backed him to proceed with the form in IPL as well in spite after the long pandemic-constrained break.

Also, Rahul did. He is now the highest run-getter after 21 matches in IPL 2020 with 302 runs in five innings at 75.20. His scores include two half-centuries and a rankling 132 off 69 against his previous franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, KXIP remains last in the points table with only one win in five matches.

Notwithstanding the incredible average and run-count, Rahul's batting has acted like an issue for KXIP. Also, it was tremendously noticeable in his 52-ball 63, inferring a scoring pace of 7.27 runs per over. His accomplice Mayank Agarwal, despite the fact that scoring 26 off 19, went at a pace of 8.21 runs per over, while the remainder of his partners scored at 9.79 runs per over.

KL Rahul is now the leading run-getter this season

What has caused the analysis is the drop in his scoring from the powerplays to the middle-overs. Once more, the CSK game represents the issues. He was 24 off 21 toward the finish of the powerplay at a strike-rate of 114.3. He was 46 off 44 toward the finish of the 14th over. This has been the major issue for Rahul and KXIP in IPL 2020.

Aside from that RCB game, his scoring rate has fallen on every one of the last three matches throughout the following five overs bringing about more weight on the rest of the batting setup.

Anchor hitters have consistently been a subject of discussion in T20 cricket. Rahul, from what it appears, has been assuming the part of an anchor for KXIP. In any case, overconsumption of conveyances for fewer runs brings about underutilization or expansion of more weight or on the middle-order that includes promising hitters of any semblance of Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, and Sarfaraz Khan. On the off chance that Rahul, and he certainly does from what we have found over the most recent couple of months, dives deep into the innings for KXIP, he should expand his run rate and search for more forceful shots than going about as an anchor which could thusly give bowlers more rushes to protect, particularly given their death-over numbers with the ball.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth