Former Pakistan player Misbah-ul-Haq has criticized KL Rahul for his batting approach during the ICC World Cup 2023 final. According to Misbah-ul-Haq, KL Rahul was not trusting others while batting in the match.
KL Rahul scored a crucial half-century in India vs Australia in ICC World Cup 2023 final. However, for his 66 runs, he played 107 deliveries. He also scored just one boundary during his innings, playing his slowest innings of the tournament.
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KL Rahul Was Not Trusting Other Batters: Misbah-ul-Haq
While speaking to A Sports, former Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq said that KL Rahul did not trust other batters during the match. He also said that maybe Rahul was trying to take the scoreboard to 250 himself.
“KL Rahul plays spin very well and we have seen it throughout the tournament. He plays well square of the wicket, front of the wicket, and uses his feet really well. But today his approach was that he was waiting. Maybe he was not trusting the other batters. He was thinking about getting the team to 250 and it got difficult,” said Misbah.
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Talking about the match, India could pile up just 240 on the scoreboard before losing all wickets. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul scored half-centuries. Rohit Sharma added 47 runs. KL Rahul mustered 452 runs in 10 innings at an average of 75.33. He also slammed 2 half-centuries and 1 century in the tournament.
Later, Australia opener Travis Head played a stunning knock of 137 runs to drive the team to victory. Marnus Labuschagne also added an unbeaten 58 runs. Australia reached the target in just 43 overs to clinch their 6th ODI World Cup title.
Meanwhile, India and Australia will now lock horns in a T20I series. The series will witness five games starting November 23. For India, most of the senior players have been rested for the series. In the absence of Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav will lead the team in the series.
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