KL Rahul trying to hit his way out of form: Sunil Gavaskar to India Today

first_imgIndia will like the fact that they could register a Test victory at Adelaide without a significant contribution from captain Virat Kohli but their opening woes seemed nowhere near the end with both Murali Vijay and KL Rahul failing to play an innings of note at Adelaide.Although Vijay and Rahul did stitch together a 64-run partnership in the second innings of the Adelaide Test and prevented Pujara’s early exposure to the new ball, Rahul’s mode of dismissal and his approach to the innings would not do much to ease the nerves of the no.3 going into the next Test.The stylish stroke player has had a subdued 2018 despite a 149 at the Oval against England. He aggregates just 466 runs from 11 Tests at an average of 24, which is unfulfilling for a player of his calibre.India’s batting great Sunil Gavaskar was of the opinion that Rahul may be short of confidence which is why he adopted this over-attacking approach in both the innings.”It did feel that he was trying to hit his way out of form. Even in the knock that he played at The Oval [England], that’s the way he began his knock – by taking a swipe at anything outside off stump.”He did manage to spread the field because of that but one got a feeling that he was thinking to himself, I haven’t been getting many runs, let’s find a new way and so the attacking shots. In Test cricket, such a game where you are trying to hit everything in the air does not succeed very often,” Gavaskar told India Today.advertisementHowever, Gavaskar hopes that the 44-run knock would have given Rahul some confidence to now build his innings’ better for rest of the tour.”In the 44-run knock at Adelaide, he did leave quite a few deliveries alone. So did Murali Vijay, which was admirable. Vijay has been a good player. I hope Rahul will have a little more confidence in himself now after this 44. With Prithvi Shaw unlikely to be fit for the Perth Test, we should play with the same opening combination,” he added.Prithvi Shaw has begun to jog and run but is still undergoing rehab for his ankle ligament tear and is unlikely to be fit to play in the Perth Test, starting Friday.Gavaskar advised both Vijay and Rahul to avoid driving too far away from the body against the new ball.”One mistake that both the openers are making is going for the drive too far outside the off stump and not driving closer to the ball. There is always a threat there if the ball moves or bounces more. That’s what they have to handle. In any case in Australia, it moves for the first 10-12 overs. After that it’s all about how you handle the bounce.”Also Read | Mohinder Amarnath says advantage India in tight Test series vs AustraliaAlso Read | India vs Australia: What awaits India in Perth after highs of AdelaideAlso Read | India a formidable opposition in tough conditions. Australia beware in Perth!Also see:last_img