“He was just trying to bat through 50 overs”: Shoaib Malik analyses KL Rahul’s inning vs Australia

Karachi: After India’s six-wicket loss to Australia in the World Cup 2023 ODI final on Sunday, former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik said KL Rahul wanted to bat through the 50 gap.

Speaking to Pakistan-based channel A Sports, Malik said that Rahul should have rotated his strike as boundaries were not coming.

“KL Rahul wanted to bat through the 50 overs. He shouldn’t have done that and he should have tried to play his game. If you are batting in tough conditions and the boundaries are not coming easy, then at least you.” that wasn’t happening, there were a lot of dots,” Malik said on A Sports.

The former right-hander added that the Indian batsmen should be more proactive against Australia in the 2023 ODI World Cup final.

“He is taking a lot of responsibility when India lose quick wickets upfront. If you see his innings (against Australia) 66 off 107 balls, it was not KL Rahul’s innings. He went into a zone, where he was just trying to do. to play the full fifty games. He should have been a little more proactive,” he said.

He explained that the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad had long side boundaries and the Aussie players used it well against the ‘Men in Blue’. He also said that the 2023 World Cup winners assessed that Indian conditions were better than the hosts. “The venue where this game was played had long side boundaries. The Australians used these boundaries very well. They said we won’t let you beat us down the ground and you can hit us square off the wicket. The Australians assessed the Indian conditions better than the Indians and executed their plans there,” Malik added.

Coming into the game, India were bowled out for 240 in 50 balls. On a tough batting surface, skipper Rohit Sharma (47 in 31 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes), Virat Kohli (54 in 63 balls, with four boundaries) and KL Rahul (66 in 107 balls, with one four ) important post. hits.

Mitchell Starc (3/55) was the pick of the bowlers for Australia. Skipper Pat Cummins (2/34) and Josh Hazlewood (2/60) also bowled well. Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell got a wicket each.

Chasing 241, India trailed the Aussies at 47/3. Knocks from Travis Head (137 in 120 balls, with 15 fours and four sixes) and Marnus Labuschagne (58 in 110 balls, with four boundaries) left the Indian team unanswered and guided them to a six-wicket victory.

The World Cup finalists will now compete in a five-match T20I series starting on Thursday in Visakhapatnam.

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