Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar praised KL Rahul for his spectacular batting efficiency in India’s first ODI in opposition to New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton. After being pushed right down to bat at no. 5 as soon as once more, the correct-hander hammered an unbeaten 88 runs in 64 balls to assist his facet to a mammoth whole of 347/four in 50 overs. Rahul struck three fours and 6 sixes in his innings and performed at a strike price of 137.50. But his batting effort went in useless as New Zealand veteran Ross Taylor slammed an unbeaten 109 runs in 84 balls to assist his facet chase down the goal with 4 wickets in hand and 11 balls to spare.
But regardless of India’s defeat, Manjrekar praised Rahul, describing him as a “360 degree” batsman. “Only K L Rahul can make 360 degrees batting look orthodox and classical,” the cricketer-turned-commentator wrote on Twitter.
Only Ok L Rahul can make 360 levels batting look orthodox and classical.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 6, 2020
With the defeat, India went 1-zero down within the three-match ODI sequence. Speaking on the loss, skipper Virat Kohli stated: “An oustanding performance by New Zealand. We thought 348 was good enough, especially after the start we got with the ball. I think Tom’s innings took the game away from us. Ross and Tom were unstoppable in the middle overs.”
Kohli added that India want to enhance on the sector going ahead within the seris: “We were decent in the field, we dropped one chance. We need to improve though. We can’t think about that one chance. To bat with a positive frame of mind for about 25 overs after that chance is not a small thing at all. I got to say that the opposition played better than us and deserved to win today.”
The 30-year-outdated additionally reserved praise for Rahul and Shreyas Iyer who struck his maiden ODI ton. “Both new openers gave us a good start, hope they continue to do the same. Shreyas’s hundred was outstanding and KL was brilliant with the bat too,” he stated.
India and New Zealand will play the 2nd ODI on Saturday in Auckland.