Border-Gavaskar Trophy: KL Rahul is missing the aggressive batting approach, says Wasim Jaffer
Former India batter Wasim Jaffer has hit out at India opener KL Rahul, saying an aggressive batting approach is missing from his game. India is set to face Australia at the Holkar Stadium in Indore in the third Test of the four-match Border-Gavaskar series.
Jaffer says a break might help KL Rahul (AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Former India batter Wasim Jaffer has hit out at India opener KL Rahul, saying an aggressive batting approach is missing from his game. India is set to face Australia at the Holkar Stadium in Indore in the third Test of the four-match Border-Gavaskar series.
Speaking on his Youtube channel, Jaffer said that Rahul is just looking to occupy the crease and is missing the aggressive approach to his batting.
“I am not happy with KL Rahul’s batting approach. It seems like he only wants to occupy the crease. The run-scoring, aggressive approach is missing. If he plays the 3rd Test, he should look to score runs rather than just occupying the crease. I think that will help him overcome this lean patch,” said Jaffer.
The 45-year-old said he would go for Shubman Gill to open alongside India captain Rohit Sharma in the Indore Test, insisting that a break would do wonders for Rahul.
“I would go with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill for the third Test. I would like to see Gill open because he is in good form and you want your in-form players to play. For KL Rahul, a break might do wonders. When runs are not coming, a break might refresh him,” Jaffer added.
Earlier, Rohit had come out in Rahul’s defense, saying him being removed as the team’s vice-captain does not indicate anything.
“I said it after the last game also. When we talk about players going through a tough time, anyone with potential will be given enough time to prove himself. Being vice-captain or not being vice-captain doesn’t tell you anything. At that point in time, when he was the vice-captain, he was probably the most senior. His removal of the vice-captaincy doesn’t indicate anything,” said Rohit ahead of the third Test.
After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match Test series, India will loc horns with Australia at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on March 1.