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‘Trust the other guys… if this doesn’t wake KL up, I don’t know what will’: Former New Zealand Pacer warns LSG’s KL Rahul
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‘Trust the other guys… if this doesn’t wake KL up, I don’t know what will’: Former New Zealand Pacer warns LSG’s KL Rahul

A trial by fire? More like a vacation from hell. Lucknow Super Giants were utter spectators to the dance of destruction that SRH openers unleashed on their bowling alleys as the likes of Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma wreaked utter havoc by chasing down 165 runs in less than ten overs to register a dominant win on Wednesday.

There was a lot of talk about the unstoppable forces of nature that the likes of Head and Abhishek were, while others focused on LSG’s batting ranks and their inability to capitalize themselves off the field, especially that of skipper KL Rahul.

After going down two wickets early, it was up to Rahul and Krunal Pandya to help the visitors out of their slump, but in fact the duo did little damage themselves, during the powerplay, especially as LSG crawled to a dreadful 27. -2, with neither batter being able to threaten the SRH bowlers.

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Rahul, as LSG’s top scorer this season, was disappointing in his performance, scoring just 29 runs in 33 balls, at a slow strike rate of 87.88: figures that caught the attention of everyone in the cricketing world, especially those of former New Yorkers. Zeeland international Mitchell McClenaghan.

McClenaghan brought to light KL Rahul’s current situation, regarding his international career with India, and commented on the need for the wicketkeeper-batsman to up the ante and get on the board, if he expects a comeback to make in the competition. Indian squad after being dropped for the upcoming T20 World Cup in June.

“If this doesn’t wake KL up to the style of cricket he needs to play in the future to be successful and continue to play for India, I don’t know what will,” McClenaghan said in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.

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“He can do it. He has to get past, similar to what we saw with Virat (Kohli), the feeling of ‘You are the only person who can score runs’. And he has to go, I have to score runs, but if I do something wrong, that’s okay.”

The former Kiwi international also stressed the importance of Rahul trusting his teammates to play their natural game and play their roles accordingly, citing the need for delegation and restoring confidence in his side.