KL Rahul’s Unusual Reaction To A “Tough” Pitch In Thiruvananthapuram. KL Rahul led India’s chase against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram on a tricky pitch.
The first Twenty20 International between India and South Africa was a low-scoring thriller in which the hosts won by eight wickets. Arshdeep Singh (3/32) and Deepak Chahar (2/24) made the white ball talk with incisive swing bowling, limiting South Africa to 106/8. The chase was not easy, but half-centuries from Kl Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav helped India cross the line in 16.4 overs.
The batters struggled on a pitch with underlying moisture and more than waist high bounce at times. KL Rahul’s Reaction after the game.
“Certainly, right up there (as the toughest pitch). We’ve played in difficult conditions like this before, but I didn’t get any runs, so it was tough work. We saw how balls were flying, nipping around, two-paced, and everything that can be difficult for a batter who was the wicket today, and for Surya to come with that approach after the first ball that hit him, he just woke up and wanted to play his shots, be aggressive, and take on the bowling. That allowed me to take my time and focus on one end “KL Rahul stated following the game.
“Today was a long ice bath. We don’t like ice baths and wickets like this, but we have to do it sometimes.”
The pitch, which former India head coach Ravi Shastri described on air as “not ideal for T20 cricket,” made it difficult for batters from both teams to cope with both pace and movement.
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