T20 World Cup 2022: Rohit Sharma-led team India landed in Melbourne yesterday (Thursday) ahead of their opening encounter of the T20 World Cup 2022. The star-studded team of India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the high-octane game at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground this Sunday (October 23).
Men In Blue featured in as many as three warm-up matches in the last couple of weeks and are now all prepared for the all-important ICC event. India will certainly enter the tournament as one of the favorites to win the title considering the mammoth squad strength. The team will be desperate to taste some success after a poor outing in the last edition of the exact tournament.
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He (KL Rahul) is correct enough to rack up the runs in Australia: Pietersen
Meanwhile, former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has backed Indian opener, KL Rahul, ahead of the T20 World Cup. Pietersen called Rahul the Number 1 batter in the world presently. The English veteran believes that conditions in Australia will assist Rahul heavily and he will have a highly successful campaign in the marquee ICC event.
KL Rahul, who is also India’s all-format vice-captain, is probably the top T20 batter in the team at the moment. The right-hander occupies 13th place in the ICC T20I rankings, being the second-highest-ranked Indian batter. He looked in sublime form in India’s recently-concluded white-ball leg and will be the team’s trump card for the all-important event.
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“I love him (KL Rahul). I think he is the No. 1 batter in the world at the moment. He is absolutely fantastic. With the ball bouncing, swinging, and seaming, I think he plays in a very authentic way and is correct enough to rack up the runs,” said Kevin Pietersen
“This England white-ball team is absolutely spectacular. They’ve got all bases covered, and I think they go in as favorites. They’ve been very confident in the way they played the warm-up games,” added Pietersen in his beltway column.