‘Since his come back from injury…’: Sunil Gavaskar hails ‘different’ KL Rahul after gritty knock – Times of India

'Since his come back from injury...': Sunil Gavaskar hails 'different' KL Rahul after gritty knock - Times of India

New Delhi: In tough batting conditions, and their team in disarray, KL Rahul One of the best knocks of his career on the first day of the Boxing Day Test at Centurion on Tuesday, he pulled India out of troubled waters.
With a blistering unbeaten 70, Rahul took India to 208 for 8 at stumps on a rain-covered day when the Proteas pacers were at their best.
While India kept losing wickets regularly at one end, Rahul held the fort at the other end to keep India alive in the first innings.
Appreciating the heroic efforts of the middle-order batsman, legend Sunil Gavaskar “Rahul is a different batsman since coming back from injury,” he said.
Pointing out that Rahul looked ‘lost’ earlier, Gavaskar said the 31-year-old has approached his batting differently in different formats since his comeback.
“We’ve known about his talent for so long, but we’ve been seeing him in the last eight, nine months, since he came back from that horrible injury in the IPL, it’s a different Rahul. This is the Rahul we have been waiting to see for so long and it is such a joy to see. I even said in the commentary that this half-century is as good as a century for me,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports. .
“When you’ve been out of the game for so long, the game that you love, the game that has given you everything, almost everything, you get a different perspective, and it seems like What he did. And now, instead of looking at it as a job, I think he’s looking at it as a game and to enjoy it. I could be completely wrong, But that’s the impression I get because there’s so much positivity about everything he does. Before, he seemed a little lost. He’s not lost anymore. He’s there, very much there. And it tells you. The way he is approaching this century in the Asia Cup, it was a very good century in the first match. You can call it lucky. Shreyas Iyer He suffered a back injury and hence got a chance to join the XI. But you need it in life. You need a bit of luck, but then you need to grab it with both hands. And he has done just that. And now he has made himself unbeaten in all three formats.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri was also in awe of Rahul’s innings, calling it ‘very amazing’.
“It has made batting easier. It was amazing when you look at his footwork and balance. This knock also shows that his number is correct in Test match cricket. I think he will get a lot of runs for India in the middle order,” Shastri said on air.

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