KL Rahul Looking Good for Number Four Spot

By Matt Harris on May 30, 2019

KL Rahul is the Indian cricket side‘s top-order batsman, and has now become the first Indian cricketer to hit a century on their UK trip. However, Rahul has experienced inconsistent performances throughout his career, and analysts are questioning whether Rahul is now the best man to bat at No. 4 at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Up and Downs of KL Rahul’s Career

KL Rahul has shown both ups and downs as a batsman. While he has had some really high highs, he has also seen some low lows. He may still need time to find his feet in the One Day International format. After playing in only 14 ODIs and showing inconsistent form, his place in the batting lineup is questionable.

At the same time, Rahul showed excellent ability in the recent warm-up match against Bangladesh. KL Rahul and MS Dhoni had an excellent 164 run partnership. He made 108 runs off of 99 balls. Included in his century total were four sixes and 12 fours.

During the recent Indian Premier League, Rahul played for Kings XI Punjab. His run total reached 593, taking him to this season’s greatest number of runs by an Indian batsman. Over the course of 14 games, he averaged 53.91 runs per game.

Kings XI Punjab Coach Praises KL Rahul

After his sensational performance in the warm-up match against Bangladesh, Rahul saw much support on his Twitter feed. Included in the warm outpouring of support and praise was a tweet from Mike Hesson, the Kings XI Punjab coach. Hesson praised Rahul for his fantastic knock.

Hesson said: “He was in a good space when he arrived with us. It was a tough start for him, but he got into his groove once he found his rhythm in a couple of weeks. He’s a very, very fine player. It was a question of finding his rhythm, which probably took a week or so.”

India’s Number Four

Playing at the number four position is not one that Rahul is so familiar with. However, this is the weak spot that the Indian cricket team needs to fill.

Until a couple of months ago, predictions had Ambati Rayudu filling the number four position. It was unclear as to whether Rahul would be part of the ICC World Cup team or not. Rahul and Hardik Pandya were censured after their appearance on ‘Koffee with Karan,’ a TV show. As a result, Rahul was suspended for five international games during the Indian cricket tours in Australia and New Zealand.

During the IPL, Rahul played well, while Rayudu showed poor form. This tipped the selector’s decision, and they included Rahul in the Indian World Cup squad. The selectors for the World Cup were looking at Vijay Shankar to play the number four spot.

During the team’s first practice session in the nets after arriving in London, an unexpected injury changed the lineup. Shankar sustained an injury, which pushed the decision to put Rahul in as number four for the first warm-up game. He made a dismal six runs, but he was not the only player with a low run score.

Royal Panda currently has World Cup cricket odds on KL Rahul ending as the Top Batsman of 51.00, while Vijay Shankar’s odds at the sportsbooks are 101.00. In other cricket betting markets, Virat Kohli is the most likely Top Batsman with odds set at 8.00; KL Rahul hitting the Fasted 100 are at 34.00; and finally Kohli’s odds for the Fastest 100 are 13.00.