India can bolster their batting if KL Rahul can keep wickets in WTC Final: Ravi Shastri | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Returning to form with a 75-fight knockout win in his first ODI against Australia in a thin stint, KL Rahul made a big impact and got the backing of the former Indian coach Ravi Shastriwho felt the 30-year-old could play the World Test Championship Finals as a hitter-battler.
After a series of low points that resulted in Rahul being dropped from the Test team, the 30-year-old played a crucial knock-out in Friday’s ODI, helping India to a five-stroke win.
Shastri felt that Rahul’s takedown would interest the selectors ahead of the match. WTC . Finals with the test holder Hotel Bharat also underperformed with Batman in the series of Tests that just ended.
Rahul has a good record in England but he was dropped from the XI after his first two games against Australia at home due to poor form.
“He (KL) did a really good job of capturing the interest of the selectors before the WTC finals,” Shastri told Star Sports.
“Two things, one for the ODI series when Rohit Sharma second leg and game left for the WTC final… India can boost their batting if Rahul can keep the shots.
“Rahul can hit the ball in mid-range – number 5 or 6. In England you usually have to keep your long shots behind. You don’t have to keep up with the hitters as much. He (KL) there are two more ODIs going ahead of the IPL. He could cement his place in that Indian team.”
Rahul has accumulated 614 runs in 34.11 place over two centuries — once at The Oval — and once fifty out of nine Tests in the English Condition.
India qualified for the WTC final to be held in June at The Oval against Australia. This will be India’s second time in the final. They lost to New Zealand in the final in 2021.
(With input from PTI)


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