Former In the Spinner Maninder Singh believes KL Rahul should have learned his lesson at Headingley after being among the runs at Trent Bridge and Lord’s. The opener scored 0 and 8 in the third Test after fifty-a-century in the first few Tests, after returning to the Test side after two years.
In fact, the dismissal form of KL Rahul in the first innings – an icy delivery of James Anderson It was disappointing as I sat down for an extended ride in the first over. Maninder feels that the opener tried the shot because he became complacent due to his good form previously in the series.
‘It can happen to anyone after you have had some good Test matches. The way he came out in the first innings gave him doubts: ‘am I good enough to bat on these types of surfaces where the ball approaches and swings’. As far as KL Rahul is concerned, it is a lesson for him that when he is in shape, he should keep at it and not become complacent like he did in the first innings, because you start to doubt your technique, “said Maninder. Singh said.talk to ESPNcricinfo.
KL Rahul seems to be having more problems than Rohit: Steve Harmison
Former England pacemaker Steve Harmison noted that KL Rahul was much more restless in the second innings than his batsman Rohit Sharma, who excelled in his shooting choice – whether defending, leaving or attacking – during the series.
Rahul was scratchy in his stay of 54 balls for 8 runs. Anderson and Ollie Robinson worried about him before going out with bowler Craig Overton, when Jonny Bairstow made a beautiful one-handed catch on the second slip.
‘KL Rahul seemed to be having more problems with the two openers. He looked like he did not know how he was going to push. “He got a hole,” Harmison said.
India, meanwhile, has a mountain to climb. They ate 4 lunches on day with 320 runs in arrears and have 9 wickets in hand to survive.