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WATCH | Rahul Needs a Break to Focus on Longer Format in Domestic Cricket - Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | December 24, 2018, 7:12 PM IST

GK: Anil, quite clearly, it would be very difficult to field an Indian XI that opens with Vijay and Rahul looking at what happened in the first two Test matches?

AK: Yes it is unfortunate, I mean we all know the kind of potential KL Rahul has. Unfortunately he hasn't turned that into a performance I mean consistent performances. Last year he was really good in terms of contributing to the Test matches as well. He had some big hundreds but unfortunately he has fallen behind the way side, I think it is just not his technique that he is probably doubting at the moment but also his mind. I think will be good to give him a break and perhaps make him play the longer format in domestic cricket and that is a good option for Rahul. I don't think you would be going with Rahul with this kind of mindset. I believe that Mayank Agarwal has done exceptionally well in domestic cricket, he has flown in, give him an opportunity, straight in.

GK: I just want to stay on at Rahul discussion with you. Let's talk about technical flaws have seems to have crept up in his game, he has got out bowled and LBW a lot. Anil, if you are watching this is as a coach, what would you be looking at specifically, why does that happen to a top-order batsman consistently?

AK: I can only think of two things, I have not been a batsman who has scored a lot of runs and if you look at that from a technical aspect. You know all I can think of is probably he has all these insecurities about not doing well in the recent past, those gremlins are all in your mind, you are constantly thinking about when is my big innings coming through, maybe those thoughts are in your mind and you are not watching the ball as closely enough from the hand. Any batsman whether you are a top-order batsman, or a lower order batsman or a bowler who can just hang on. you need to just watch the ball really really closely from the bowler's hand. If you are not picking from there then you are slightly fraction of a second late. That we know, when the ball is being hurled at you at literally 145 to 150 KMPH you don't have a chance to even put the bat maybe that's why he is missing the ball and getting bowled.

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