KingsXI Punjab skipper KL Rahul is under fire. They are the only team in IPL 2020 which has suffered 5 defeats out of 6 games played. Rahul who holds the Orange Cap currently is being criticized for his strike rate.
Rahul who has fastest 50 records in his name in IPL, brushed aside concerns over his strike-rate suggesting that numbers can be misleading at times. Rahul’s strike-rate in the powerplay this season has been just 113.3 and despite topping the run charts, his strike rate has raised eyebrows various times.
“Strike-rates are very, very overrated,” Rahul said after the game. “For me, it’s only about how I can win games for my team. And if on a certain day I think a strike-rate of 120 can win the game for my team, I will do that. This is how I bat and I would like to take responsibility as a leader. We all make mistakes, I’m not saying I have not made a few mistakes but you learn each day as a leader, as a batter.
“It’s a partnership. When we are out in the middle as a batting group, every player has a role in the team and those roles can change in the middle with each game so I try to do the best I can for the team, try and assess the situation and play according to that. For me at the end of the day, I need to walk out of the ground knowing that I’ve tried to win the game.”
Rahul’s strike rate issues ?
Against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah – 54-ball 69
Against KXIP on Thursday – 16 ball 11
Against Chennai Super Kings – 63 ball 52
Overall in 6 matches so far Rahul has scored 313 runs @ strike rate of 136.68
In contrast Pooran on Thursday registered his first ever IPL fifty and it was also the fastest this edition. “The way he has been batting, even in the last season we had glimpses of how good a player he is,” Rahul pointed out. “We have been having a lot of chats. He is someone who is very keen on being a match-winner for us.
“Until the time he was there, he gave us a lot of hope and made the opposition uncomfortable. If three or four of us with our skills can come together (we can win), we have been fielding well, we have shown a lot of heart. There are a lot of positives, the points table doesn’t suggest that. The execution can go wrong but we need to be patient with the team. We need to keep believing that we are just a few wins away and this team will start looking good.”
Meanwhile – Maxwell once again failed to deliver for KXIP and all indications are that he will certainly be dropped for KXIP’S next game against KKR on Saturday.