Architect of India’s six-wicket win over Australia, wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul has a solid all-round game and provides stability in the middle order, said bowling coach Paras Mhambrey. Rahul scored an unbeaten 97 to lead India to a superb victory in their World Cup opener on Sunday. Chasing 200, Rahul, batting at number five, reached the crease in the third over with Australia attacking in the first two overs to leave India reeling at two for three. Rahul engineered a crucial 165-run partnership with Virat Kohli (85) to get India back into the race.
“We always knew what Rahul brings to the team, the quality of batsman he is, especially in the middle order. We need someone, and he is that kind of player who plays well with spin, also fast bowlers and seamers.” Mhambrey said during an interaction.
“So in that sense, it gives you stability and confidence. And, the way he’s played in the past, we definitely trust him, and it’s good to have him back.” After returning to the Indian team following a long layoff due to injury, Rahul scored an unbeaten hundred against Pakistan in the Asia Cup and also scored two fifties in the three-ODI series against Australia.
The spin trio of Ravindra Jadeja (3/28), Ravichandran Ashwin (1/34) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/42) shared six wickets as India restricted Australia to 199.
“Watching the way they (Australia) approached the last few games, we realized they were tough in the first ten overs. We knew if the ball was tough, it would reach the wicket,” Mhambrey said.
“The approach has been very simple. They were tough against the seamers and the spinners.
“So, picking early wickets was really important for us, and that made the difference, as they lost (Mitchell) Marsh early. And that kind of leveled the batting, putting (Steven) Smith with (David) Warner. So , they had a different setup to go along with.” Mhambrey feels that the Indian spinners bring a lot of variety to the attack.
“That’s the beauty of this game. In a team combination, you want variety. And for us, all our spinners offer different types of options and varieties,” he said.
“All three of them have the ability, especially someone like Ash (R Ashwin) or (Ravindra) Jadeja. They are the kind of options you can use in the first powerplay and in the middle. Kuldeep (Yadav) is also another option that we we can use.”
Left-arm wrister Kuldeep has been simply sensational in his last few outings, including the Asia Cup, and Mhambrey feels he should be given credit for the amount of hard work he has put in over the last few years.
“Given the way he has bowled in the last few years, he has played enough cricket to understand it, and he definitely has the experience. I am very happy with the way he has progressed. Credit must be given to Kuldeep for the fact that he worked on it.
“Sometimes when we have these conversations, as a bowler, you have to be aware of what are the areas I need to work on.
“We’ve had that kind of conversation with him for quite some time now. He’s worked on certain things and made some technical changes, and you can see that in his bowling.” “Over the last few years, his speed has increased and his length and areas have been better. So I think there are a lot of things that are important for us.” India will face Afghanistan on October 11 in New Delhi.
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