Nick Compton feels England have exposed KL Rahul’s weakness
Rahul failed to convert yet another start.
Updated - Aug 31, 2018 7:32 pm
India’s openers have gradually improved as the Test series has progressed. Compared to the first couple of matches, they are spending more time in the middle and have denied James Anderson and Stuart Anderson an early wicket. But both KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan have failed to convert the starts. The former moreover has struggled with an incoming delivery due to which Nick Compton feels that the veteran bowlers have exposed his weakness.
Rahul has batted well up front in the last three outings but he should’ve gone on and scored a big one at least in one of those. So far he has tallied only 113 runs in seven innings at a mediocre average of 16.14 and he is the only Indian opener to play all the matches of the series. He is a far better player than what these numbers suggest and definitely, there will be pressure on him for the rest of the series.
In Southampton as well, the stylish player was dismissed on 19 off 24 balls and failed to identify the incoming delivery from Broad eventually getting lbw.
Compton gives an insight
Nick Compton, while speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, praised KL Rahul for his batting and felt that he is working on his technique slowly. He also attributed to the fact that England have found his weakness as he struggles while facing the ball which nips back into him. “He is clearly a very good player. I think that back-foot drive off Anderson was sumptuous shot through the off-side. So he’s clearly a talented player.”
“I think he’s working things out slowly. He’s got a decent technique but clearly Stuart Broad and Anderson have found a weakness and that’s with the ball nipping it back. I think it’s something that he gets a bit far over, his head falls over. In England, you’ve really got to guard your stumps and I think that’s the only area he’s vulnerable. He needs to watch out for in that area,” Compton said.
Rahul will be keen to make up for his numbers in the second innings and the last match at the Kennington Oval in London.