KL Rahul as a batsman is presently at the peak of his powers. The elegant run machine has taken his batting to another level in white-ball cricket. Ahead of the big tour of Australia, Tom Moody believes that Rahul has the quality to be successful even in the Test series Down Under.
Rahul is making a comeback into the Test squad after his splendid batting form in ODI and T20s. The 28-year-old has so far failed to cement his permanently in the longest format of the game. So far in his Test career, Rahul has played 36 matches and amassed 2006 runs but his batting average has only been 34.6.
KL Rahul Is A Three Format Player – Tom Moody
A player of the quality of Rahul is expected to perform in all forms of cricket for India. Moody acknowledged Rahul as a class player and is confident about him being prosperous in the Test series. He further added that Rahul has the game to succeed and just needs some confidence.
“They (selectors) have picked class. He may not have a recent form in Test cricket. KL Rahul is a class player. They have selected someone who has experience Down Under. Not every player gets it right the first time. I think he is a three-format player”, Moody said in a conversation with ESPNCricinfo.
“He can easily grab the Test cricket by the scruff of the neck and have an outstanding career. We know he has the game; he just needs confidence in the same”, Moody added.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul has the experience of playing Test cricket in Australia. It was in 2014 when he made his Test match debut in ‘Boxing day’ Test at Melbourne. He followed it up with his maiden Test match century in the next match itself at Sydney. Rahul was also part of team India when they won the historic Test series against Australia on their last tour.
Selectors have shown faith in the Rahul and all eyes will be on him when he bats in the Test series. Rahul is likely to play as an opener a position which is considered to be the toughest in Test cricket. Moreover, Rahul who is leading KXIP in IPL 2020 has also been trusted to be the vice-captain of India in the ODI and T20 series against Australia.