West Indies legend Brian Lara was full of praises for KL Rahul, saying he is impressed by Kings XI Punjab captain and that he love the way he bats. Brian Lara said he would want KL Rahul on his Test, ODI and T20 teams. Lara said that Rahul’s artistry of using traditional cricket shots to score brisk runs in the shortest format makes him a stand out player.
Lara, while praising KL Rahul, said he would pay to watch the right-hander bat. Lara said this when three-time World Cup champion Ricky Ponting asked him to pick his favourite player.
Brian Lara said, “That’s easy! It’s KL Rahul. If you’re talking about the two teams that are playing, KL Rahul it is for me. He is someone I’d pay to watch to bat,”.
“In the world Jofra Archer is excellent, Nicholas Pooran is there but I just love watching KL Rahul, especially in T20s, I know he’s going into Test cricket but in T20 when you see guy batting correctly with the ability to score runs with traditional shots, is just exceptional to watch,” added Lara.
KL Rahul Moulds Himself To Become Successful Limited Over Batsmen: Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting said the right-hander T20 opener appeared to be a proper Test cricketer when he first arrived but it was commendable the way he constructs his game to become a very successful limited-overs batsman.
“He’s an interesting one for me. If you wind the clock 2-3 years back, he was probably an out and out technically correct Test match batsman but what he’s been able to do with his T20 batting in the last 2 IPLs has been unbelievable. He’s probably turned himself into a better white-ball player now. That doesn’t happen that often,” Ponting added.
In fact, since April 2018, KL Rahul (1777) has accumulated the most number of runs, including a record 19 fifties, in the IPL. KL Rahul looks to get ahead of Shubhman Gill in an opener of the first Test starting 17th December at Sydney Cricket Ground.