2023 Cricket World Cup Rahul's impressive streak as middle-order batsman endures.


2023 Cricket World Cup: Rahul’s impressive streak as middle-order batsman endures.

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Indian batsman KL Rahul continued his outstanding form in the middle order, silencing critics with a clutch performance during the ICC Cricket World Cup opener against Australia at Chennai’s Chepauk stadium. The partnership between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul secured a six-wicket victory, kickstarting India’s World Cup campaign on a positive note.

Previously, KL Rahul faced scrutiny for not living up to his potential, especially in crucial matches. However, his recent performances, including a match-winning century against Pakistan in the Asia Cup, two fifties against Australia in the ODI series, and a remarkable unbeaten 97* against Australia in the World Cup opener, are promising signs for his future.

In 14 ODIs this year, Rahul has amassed 628 runs at an impressive average of 78.50 and a strike rate exceeding 86. He has notched up a century and five fifties in just 13 innings, with his highest score being 111*. Many of his notable innings have come under pressure, showcasing his ability to deliver in crunch situations.

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Rahul seems to thrive in the middle-order role, particularly at numbers four and five. In 11 ODIs at number four, he averages 60.12 with two centuries and two fifties, while at number five, he has scored 904 runs in 21 innings with an average of 56.50 and a strike rate above 96, including a century and eight fifties.

Overall, in 32 ODIs in the middle order, Rahul has accumulated 1,385 runs at an average of 57.70, featuring three centuries and ten fifties. These statistics outshine his performance as an opener, where he scored 915 runs in 23 innings at an average of 43.57.

KL Rahul’s transition to the middle order has proven to be a successful experiment, offering India valuable match-winning contributions. As the World Cup progresses, the question remains: can Rahul guide India to victory and thrive under pressure once again? Cricket fans eagerly await the answer.





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