Indian star opener KL Rahul has found himself at the receiving end of harsh criticism and trolling because of his poor form and inconsistent performances. He has been criticized for his lack of intent and low strike rate in T20s, however, he has reiterated his stance on the strike rate in the shortest format of the game.
It has to be noted that KL has been out of favor in T20Is since the T20 World Cup. He recorded four single-digit scores in the marquee event before he was dropped from the side. In his career of 72 T20Is, Rahul has amassed 2265 runs at a strike rate of 139.12 while his overall strike rate in the shortest format is 136.93 in 203 matches.
The strike rate in T20Is, however, fell to 130 in 2021 and 126 in 2022. Although the Lucknow-based team failed in the eliminator in its inaugural season, Rahul, who will continue to serve as the Lucknow Super Giants’ leader, will bear a heavy burden of duty in leading his team to the playoffs once more.
KL Rahul Opens Up On His Poor Form
Rahul, who was present at the jersey launch event of the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) ahead of the 2023 edition of the IPL, addressed the media after launching the jersey along with the LSG team owner Sanjiv Goenka, mentor Gautam Gambhir, and BCCI secretary Jay Shah. Speaking about the strike-rate, Rahul said:
“I think the strike rate is overrated. But it depends upon the demand, like if you chase 140 – you don’t need to go with 200 strike rate – it depends upon the current situation,”
Meanwhile, Rahul will soon return to action in the fourth Test against Australia in Ahmedabad. Rahul was left out of the side in the third Test after scoring just 38 runs in three innings.
Talking about the new jersey of LSG, it has been changed rather significantly as the new one sports a darker shade of blue with a new design. Apart from the darker color, the new jersey also has blue stripes on the sides. Earlier, the jersey was aqua-blue in color.