Former Indian cricketer and captain, Kapil Dev minced no words when he spoke about the star batting trio of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul. The legendary all-rounder opened up on their recent performances in the Indian Premier League(IPL) 2022. Kapil Dev stated that he expects more proficient batters and believes that they should not be under pressure while batting. He also spoke critically of the fact that they have been unable to deliver it on the pitch when the need arises.
Kapil Dev: “Whenever we need them to score runs, they all get out.”
Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians and had a nightmare outing in the IPL 2022, and his form with the bat was no different. The Mumbai skipper managed just 268 runs this term, without a single half-century to his name.
Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli also endured a tough time as he failed to contribute to RCB in the crucial Playoff games. Rahul was in charge of Lucknow Super Giants in the recently concluded IPL and was dismissed at a crucial stage of the run chase against RCB in the Eliminator.
Kapil Dev shared his thoughts on the celebrated batting trio of Rohit, Kohli, and Rahul as he expects more from the reputed batters.
“They have a big reputation and there’s huge pressure on them, which shouldn’t be the case. You have to play fearless cricket. They are players who can hit at a strike rate of 150-160. Whenever we need them to score runs, they all get out. When it is time to take off (in the innings) they are out. And that adds to the pressure. Either you play an anchor or you play striker,” Kapil Dev said on the YouTube channel Uncut.
“When you talk about KL Rahul, if the team tells him to play the entire 20 overs and you come back with a score of, say 60 not out, you’re not doing justice to your team. I think the approach needs to change. And if it doesn’t, you have to change the players. A big player is expected to make a big impact. Having a big reputation is not enough, you also have to deliver great performances,” added Kapil.
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