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Venkatesh Prasad Opens Up About His Previous Criticism Of KL Rahul; Says He Never Questioned His Place In ODIs

Former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad opened up about the criticism of KL Rahul that he had done previously. He said that he never questioned his place in ODIs and whatever skewering he did, it was all based on his Test performance. 

Venkatesh Prasad was one of the biggest critics of KL Rahul when the keeper-batter failed continuously ahead of his injury. He even questioned his place in the team and made harsh comments related to the batter, saying that he shouldn’t be even in the squad. 

However, since returning from the injury, KL Rahul has been in the red hot form. The keeper-batter has changed the dynamics of the Indian middle order and his presence in the have given a sense of security to the fans with the way he has batted. 

KL Rahul recently made a staggering contribution as he won India’s match against Australia in the ICC World Cup 2023. The keeper-batter played staggering innings under pressure and made sure his sidekick started the tournament on a winning note. 

India in the chase of 200 runs, were tottering at 2/3. However, at that time KL Rahul chipped in and soaked in all the pressure along Virat Kohli (85) bailed his team out of trouble. He remained unbeaten on 97 and helped his side win the game by 6 wickets. 

Venkatesh Prasad was asked about KL Rahul’s criticism on News18. Replying to this, he said: “Well, look whatever little criticism I had about KL Rahul, it was about Test matches, not in ODIs. I’ve cleared that aspect with you.” 

Venkatesh Prasad also highlighted the importance of partnership between KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. He stated:  

“Having said that, that partnership was important. In the mid-show, I had said India will have to bat patiently and build partnerships, and that is exactly what KL Rahul and Virat Kohli did.” 

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul added 165 runs partnership that took India home. They batted magnificently well and won the game for their side. 

IND vs AFG: Pat Cummins could have continued with Mitchell Starc – Venkatesh Prasad 

Venkatesh Prasad further pointed out that in the game, Australia captain Pat Cummins missed the trick. He highlighted when India lost early wickets, he should’ve continued bowing Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. He added: 

“Maybe, Pat Cummins could have continued with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Instead of bowling them just four overs each, he should have given them an over or two.” 

India will next be seen in action on 11th October when they will take on Afghanistan in Delhi.

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