The world feels not many batsmen in India are more talented than KL Rahul but the Karnataka batter has not somehow done justice to his capacity. Despite having got scores of chances, the 27-year-old is yet to cement his place in the side and now, former India opener Wasim Jaffer has expressed his disappointment over Rahul’s form. He feels the former has been unable to solve a jigsaw puzzle even though has the capacity to perform.
Rahul failed to score a fifty in the recent two-Test series against the Windies. His highest was 44 and he scored a 63-ball six in the second innings of the second Test in Kingston, Jamaica. The man, who has played in 36 Tests so far, has opened the innings in 33 of them but yet averages less than 37 in that crucial position. His last hundred in a Test match came almost a year ago, against England at The Oval in a dead rubber.
“I feel a little bit disappointed with KL Rahul because he has got so much ability, he is one of the guys (players) who has got 100 in all three formats (of the game),” India Today quoted 41-year-old Jaffer. “And his mode of dismissals make me a bit disappointed because he gets out very softly at times. He has got a lot of ability and that is why he is getting so many chances, because people believe that he is going to come good.”
“The way he gets out and the way he does not get that many runs, that surprises me…I feel somewhere he is missing those puzzles (sic) in his jigsaw,” Jaffer, who is still a run-machine in domestic cricket, added.
Rahul struggling with the mental aspect of the game, feels Jaffer
The veteran cricketer, who plays for Vidarbha in domestic cricket, was in Mumbai Central recently to inaugurate ‘Adams Wylie Physio Rehab Center’ instituted by the Indian Red Cross Society. He was asked about Rahul there and he agreed to the fact that he was struggling with the mental aspect of the game. He also felt that Rahul holds himself a little the time he goes into international cricket.
Jaffer also opined that Rohit Sharma, who did not get to play in any of the Tests in the Caribbeans despite being in the squad, could be looked up to as an opening batsman although the champion batsman in the limited formats has very little success in red-ball cricket.
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