IPL 2022: KL Rahul’s amazing footage proves he’s in the best phase of his career, says Suresh Raina | Cricket News

PUNE: Suresh Raina, former Indian cricketer and Chennai Super Kings legend, thinks Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul’s racquet’s amazing stroke play proves he is in the best phase of his career. Rahul has been in consistent form in IPL 2022, hitting 451 runs in 10 games with a 56.38 average and a batting average of 145.01.
He also has two centuries against Mumbai Indians and as many half centuries. After Lucknow takes on Kolkata Knight Riders at Pune’s MCA Stadium on Saturday, Rahul needs just 49 more runs to hit 500 runs for his fifth straight IPL season, making him one of the most consistent hitters of the tournaments of the last time.
“KL (Rahul) is in the best attitude at the moment, he’s hitting with a very positive attitude. He plays some amazing shots proving he is in the best phase of his career. He’s also trying out some new seasonal things (in his hitting). He plays with the bowlers’ minds and captures them. He forces bowlers to bowl in areas that are his strong zones and constructs his innings accordingly. It’s really commendable to see him bat like that,” Raina said on Star Sports’ Cricket Live show.
Adding Raina’s views, former Indian cricketer Mohammed Kaif pointed out that while Rahul is capable of playing aggressive shots from the start of his innings, he is also controlling his instincts to ensure he goes long in the 2022 IPL and plays effective punches for Lucknow.
“KL Rahul is trying to play captains innings this year. He can be aggressive early on and he’s capable of starting his innings with a six, but he controls his instincts to play long and impactful shots.”
“He’s got all the shots in his arsenal, he can play sweep shots, he can pull shots, and he’s playing those cut shots brilliantly, but the reason he’s making time for the middle is to lengthen his innings. He can take risks like there are a lot of good batsmen in his team, but he wants to hit with responsibility and lead his team from the front.”
Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan claimed Rahul is one of the most valuable batsmen in the country due to his ability to play in different positions and modes, both domestically and internationally.
“KL is a quick-witted hitter. He’s able to bat in any position, he’s done it in Indian colors and you can only do that with so much ease when he’s talented. He is one of the most valuable Indian racquets because of his ability to play in different modes.”

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