Former cricketer Aakash Chopra has claimed that KL Rahul’s performance will play a key role in India’s chances against Pakistan on September 4 in Dubai.
Pakistan booked their place in the Super Four stage after defeating Hong Kong on Friday to set up the mouthwatering encounter between the two powerhouses.
India won the match by five wickets when both teams met for the first time in the Asia Cup 2022.
KL Rahul has struggled with a golden duck coming from his bat against the Babar Azam-led team. He scored 36 runs from 38 balls in a contest with Hong Kong.
Speaking on the Koo app, Chopra defended the Indian opener and hoped he would score runs against the Men in Green.
“People tend to confuse Rahul’s IPL numbers with his numbers for Team India. While playing for India, his strike-rate is really high. And I feel that Rahul’s knock will be key to India’s chances for the game against Pakistan on Sunday. Hope he has a good game. Fingers crossed,” said Aakash Chopra.