Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul has been criticized for his sluggish innings in their low-scoring victory against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on April 19. Rahul managed just 39 runs in 32 deliveries, which drew attention to his low strike rate against the home side. Despite citing the slow nature of the pitch for his measured approach at the crease, former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri dismissed Rahul’s reasoning. Shastri believes that batters must convert runs to higher scores to gain an advantage in the game when given a chance.
Lucknow Super Giants batted first and got off to a decent start, thanks to a steady opening stand between Rahul and Kyle Mayers. However, they failed to capitalize on their momentum, managing only 75 runs in the next ten overs. Rajasthan Royals went down the same path as their opponents, as none of the top-order batters kicked on in the latter part of the chase. Shastri felt that if any of Rajasthan’s top three batters had stayed at the crease, the game’s outcome would have been different.
Shastri added that both teams had a lot to learn from the game, as they missed the opportunity to take chances at the right time. He emphasized the importance of long innings played by someone in the top three to secure a win. He also acknowledged that it is still early in the tournament, and both teams have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes.