Team India have begun their preparations in full flow and so has KL Rahul. He was appointed as the vice-captain of the Indian side after his stellar show in the IPL. The absence of Rohit Sharma from the series has played its part in the process as well. Meanwhile, Rahul is looking all set for a tough series against Australia. He will be a major option for India with the bat especially in the Test series with Virat Kohli returning after the first Test.
Meanwhile, in a video posted by BCCI’s official Twitter handle, Ravichandran Ashwin can be seen throwing volleys at his Indian teammate. This is a way of playing the ball on the top of its bounce. With Australia producing fast and bouncy tracks especially for the test series, this preparation by Rahul will help him in good stead in the series ahead.
What was interesting about this session was that Ashwin was using a racquet to toss the ball up to Rahul. This is also a way to get acquainted with the tennis ball bounce in these Australian pitches.
Watch: R Ashwin Helps KL Rahul With Practicing Volleys At Nets
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 16, 2020
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin has been a match-winner for India in Test matches. On the other hand, KL Rahul’s inclusion in the Indian Test squad was criticised by former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar. In one of his tweets, he said that Rahul was lucky to get selected in the squad.
KL Rahul in his last 5 Test series
– v SA – Avg 7.1
– v Eng – Avg 29
– v WI at home – Avg 18
– v Aus – Avg 10.7
– v WI – Avg 25.4
I say very lucky to get a recall based on IPL & white ball performance. But now let’s just hope he makes the most of this chance. Good luck to him! https://t.co/YBVbeut5jH
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 27, 2020
KL Rahul is coming off a brilliant IPL season scoring 670 runs in 14 matches and winning the Orange Cap. Kings XI Punjab franchise owners have also announced that they would like to go ahead with the Rahul-Kumble combination in the next IPL season as well.
KXIP under Rahul had a season to remember. They won just one from their first seven matches. In an amazing turnaround, they won five from their back seven and finishing sixth in the points table.