Loved KL Rahul's strike rate: PBKS captain impresses Sanjay Manjrekar with 50-ball 91 vs RR in IPL 2021

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IPL 2021, RR vs PBKS: KL Rahul answered his critics successful benignant by hitting a 50-ball 91 successful the opening lucifer for Punjab Kings against Rajasthan Royals astatine the Wankhede Stadium successful Mumbai connected Monday. Rahul was criticised for not batting astatine a quicker gait past season.

Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul during lucifer vs RR connected Monday (PTI Image)


  • KL Rahul deed a 50-ball 91, skirting astatine an awesome complaint of 182
  • Rahul had faced disapproval for his below-par onslaught complaint successful IPL 2020
  • Rahul's 91 helped Punjab Kings station 221 successful their IPL 2021 opener connected Monday

KL Rahul was the top-scorer successful Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 with 670 runs successful 14 matches but questions were asked of his onslaught complaint with Punjab Kings failing to get past the decorativeness enactment connected aggregate occasions contempt posting above-par totals.

KL Rahul had scored a onslaught complaint of 129.34 adjacent arsenic the likes of his teammates, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran scored astatine a quicker pace. Rahul got arsenic galore arsenic 6 fifty-plus scores but his onslaught rate, particularly successful the powerplay, was nether the scanner.

However, KL Rahul made a connection arsenic aboriginal arsenic his archetypal outing of IPL 2021. The Punjab Kings skipper smashed 91 from conscionable 50 balls arsenic helium helped his broadside station a mammoth full of 221 against Rajasthan Royals astatine the Wankhede Stadium successful Mumbai.

Rahul deed arsenic galore arsenic 5 sixes and 7 boundaries arsenic helium finished his sound with a onslaught complaint of 182.00. Rahul missed retired connected an accidental to go lone the 2nd India batsman to deed much than 2 IPL hundreds but helium was going for the large changeable adjacent erstwhile batting successful the 90s.

It required a superb fielding effort from Rahul Tewatia astatine the mid-wicket bound to get escaped of KL Rahul who tried to wide the obstruction successful the last implicit of Punjab Kings' innings.

Heaping praise connected KL Rahul's approach, erstwhile India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said: "Loved the 91 but loved the onslaught complaint adjacent more! If K L Rahul bats astatine a onslaught complaint of implicit 140, which helium tin easily, Punjab Kings volition person a overmuch amended IPL than the last."

Notably, Punjab Kings' newly-appointed batting manager Wasim Jaffer had hinted earlier the commencement of the play that KL Rahul volition bat much freely astatine the apical of the bid with Mayank Agarwal.

"KL batted a small timidly past season. He astir apt batted deeper due to the fact that determination was not overmuch batting aft No. 5, and Glenn Maxwell was not firing. He took that work connected himself to effort and enactment astatine the crease and get the occupation done. This clip around, everyone volition spot an assertive KL Rahul for sure," Jaffer had told the Times of India.

For Rajasthan Royals, the prima with the shot was young Chetan Sakariya who finished with figures of 3 for 31 erstwhile each their different bowlers (barring Riyan Parag) went for much than 10 runs an over.