KL Rahul, the skipper of Punjab Kings, was in blistering form against Chennai Super Kings. The right-handed batter went after the rivals and scored an unbeaten 98 runs from just 42 balls.
Punjab had to chase 135 runs set by CSK in 14 overs to maintain a better run rate than Mumbai Indians in order to have a go at qualification for the playoffs. The target was completed in 13 overs, courtesy of an aggressive knock by the captain.
He was lauded by Gautam Gambhir. The former KKR skipper said that Rahul should have batted in a similar fashion throughout the 14th edition. While praising Rahul, he compared him to Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
“If you can bat like this, why don’t you bat like this? If he can bat like this, he probably has more ability than Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. I am not saying it just because I have seen KL Rahul doing it today, he just has it. He has got more shots than anyone else in India. And he showed that again,” Gambhir said on ESPNCricinfo.
He urged Rahul to play his natural game. ‘Just go play man. Let the world cherish, not only India. Show this world your ability. When people talk about Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, they will probably talk about you. Because you have got many more shots compared to anyone else in India. Had he played like this, Punjab Kings would’ve qualified by now. It is probably the pressure of captaincy, I don’t know what it is, but the team management can answer,” Gambhir added.