Former India opener Gautam Gambhir expects Okay L Rahul to have a stupendous IPL marketing campaign when the league resumes later this week as he believes that the big-hitter’s finest has not but been seen regardless of a median of over 50 within the final three seasons.
Punjab Kings captain Rahul is averaging 66 after seven matches this yr with a strike charge of 136. The IPL was suspended in Could resulting from COVID-19 instances in its bubble and can resume on Sunday within the UAE.
“We haven’t seen the very best of KL Rahul. Sure, he has bought runs, however we nonetheless haven”t seen, what he can obtain in his batting,” Gambhir instructed Star Sports activities present Sport Plan.
“You can have a season like Virat Kohli had as soon as. He’s that type of a participant in white-ball cricket, the place he can get 2-3 lots of in a season and at an excellent strike charge as effectively,” he stated.
The 29-year-old Rahul has already amassed 331 runs from seven video games this yr, together with 4 half centuries. He’s second on the record of 2021 IPL”s top-scorers.
Talking of different groups, Gambhir stated the circumstances within the UAE will favour defending champions Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai and Chennai Tremendous Kings will conflict within the first match of the resumed season on Sunday.
“Once you see the circumstances in Chepauk or Delhi, they’re fully completely different from what you get at Wankhede. And, as I discussed, they’re going into circumstances which are suited to their quick bowling – individuals like Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult,” Gambhir stated.
“There will likely be swing upfront, so they are going to be very harmful. Plus, Mumbai needs balls to swing and also you’ve bought high quality quick bowlers and it’s going to be a bonus for them.
“Plus their batters, need the balls to come back on to the bat as effectively, individuals like Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, all these guys struggled at Chepauk, as a result of it was gripping and turning.”
Gambhir additionally felt that Mumbai Indians can’t afford a sluggish begin since they may have to win 5 of their remaining seven matches to qualify for the Play-offs.
Speaking about India skipper Virat Kohli and his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers, Gambhir stated they may come into the match with completely different challenges.
“There’s going to be a problem for Virat and there’s going to be an enormous problem for AB de Villiers as effectively as a result of he will likely be coming into the match with out taking part in any cricket in any respect.
“Virat Kohli should alter actually rapidly as a result of there”ll be hardly any time for him to get used to it.
“From the five-Take a look at-match collection to the T20 format, and AB as effectively, as a result of these guys have to get runs in the event that they should have an opportunity to first qualify for the playoffs after which in all probability go on to win the title.”