21 Jun 2019
Here's what Brian Lara feels about KL Rahul as opener
As a result, KL Rahul, who was playing at number four, has been promoted as an opener.
Here's what Lara had to say.
Rahul India's second best after Virat Kohli, feels Lara
Lara believes that Rahul is currently India's second best batsman after Virat Kohli.
Also, after opening in the IPL, Lara believes that Rahul knows how to play as an opening batsman, as well as at number four.
"Rahul has shown in the warm-up match that he can come in at number four and play like an opening batsman," said Lara on Star Sports.
He will relish the opportunity of opening the batting
Lara feels that Rahul's exposure in the IPL as an opener is likely to give him confidence.
He believes that with the kind of technique he possesses, Rahul would not have an issue facing the new ball.
"I am looking forward to seeing something special from him. For me, he is going to be one of the top run-scorers this World Cup," Lara concluded.
Rahul averages better as opener in ODIs
Considering Rahul's performance in ODIs according to his batting position, it tells a similar story.
While he has not played many ODIs, in seven matches as an opener, he has an average of 65.2.
At number four, he has batted in just four innings, at an average of 17.33, which is his second best.
Lara seems to be right about him as an opener.
Rahul has Dhawan's void to fill
The author feels that Rahul is the right man to shoulder the serious responsibility of filling the void left by Dhawan.
His real test would be to negotiate the swinging ball.
However, with form on his side, it is likely that he could take up the role perfectly and become one of the top run-scorers.