Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram, Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq has showered praise on KL Rahul, who hit the fastest world cup hundred by an Indian, off 62 balls against Netherlands on Sunday.
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“He is a proper technical batter. He has opened in the Test cricket, ODIs and T20Is. Now he has been given a different role and he is excelling in it,” said Akram.
Shoaib Malik said that KL Rahul is the best No 5 batter in the World Cup and explains why India kept him at No 5, despite there were talks about him batting at No 4.
“The best at No 5 in the world cricket. Klassen (Heinrich) needs a base to get going. But if you compare, India have got the best batter at 5, who can play in any sort of situation,” said Malik.
“This is why KL bats at 5. If India will lose two or three wickets early, he is someone, who can play according to the situation.
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“He can finish the match, can improvise, can play with a good strike rate, and we have seen it today. He is good against spinners as well as the pacers. He picks the gaps and plays the field. Against Australia, we have seen, he was the one who finished the match,” said Malik.
Misbah-ul-Haq suggested that KL Rahul’s ability to play the field makes him the most difficult batter to bowl at.
“He hits a yorker over point. It is very difficult to bowl against such a batsman. Wherever, the fielder is up, he plays the shot in that direction. It is incredibly difficult to bowl against KL Rahul,” said Misbah.