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PBKS vs MI, IPL 2021: Is KL Rahul the right choice to lead Punjab Kings? 


PBKS vs MI, IPL 2021 – Is KL Rahul the right choice to lead Punjab Kings? Punjab Kings take on Mumbai Indians in Chennai on Friday.

PBKS vs MI, IPL 2021 – Is KL Rahul the right choice to lead Punjab Kings? KL Rahul is one of the best batsmen in white-ball cricket. Boasting an average of 39.92 in T20Is, 48.68 in ODIs, and 44.57 in IPL, he is a force to reckon with. But the same does not hold true when there is talk about captaincy. Rahul’s leadership skills are now under the scanner. PBKS has already lost 3 out of 4 games this season – 1 more defeat against Mumbai Indians on Friday can derail their IPL 2021 hopes in exactly the same manner as it went in smoke in IPL 2020.

IPL 2021 – PBKS vs MI: KL Rahul’s captaincy under scanner

Rahul all this while has been performing as a batsman – but his captaincy record since taking over PBKS reigns is nothing less than dismal. He has more defeats as captain than any existing IPL team captain.

– Rahul has led PBKS in 18 matches and has managed victory only in 6 games.

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– Rahul has one of the worst win-loss percentages as captain in IPL

– Currently, only Eoin Morgan is the one who has an even worse record as captain than KL Rahul

IPL 2021 – Current 8 IPL Captains and their Captaincy Records

Player

Span

Mat

Won

Lost

Tied

%

MS Dhoni (CSK, RPS)

2008-2021

192

113

78

0

59.16

V Kohli (RCB)

2011-2021

128

58

63

3

47.98

RG Sharma (MI)

2013-2021

120

70

46

4

60

DA Warner (DD, SRH)

2013-2021

67

35

31

1

52.98

Rishabh Pant (DC)

2021-2021

4

3

1

0

75

KL Rahul (PBKS)

2020-2021

18

6

10

2

38.88

EJG Morgan (KKR)

2020-2021

11

3

7

1

31.81

SV Samson (RR)

2021-2021

3

1

2

0

33.33

PBKS vs MI, IPL 2021: Some strange decisions by KL Rahul this season?

Punjab had started the season strongly after a narrow win against Rajasthan Royals. Following this, they are now on a three-match losing streak, courtesy, some bad decisions during crunch times.

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  1. What is Chris Gayle’s role in the team? The Universe Boss is known for less running and more hitting and can be a perfect opening partner for KL Rahul. However, his explosive hitting prowess gets wasted as a No.3. Gayle at No.3 has to play cautiously and rotate strikes before he can play his natural game, which certainly is not natural. A Mayank Agarwal at No.3 gives Punjab more security than Gayle at the same position.
  2. Why Punjab is sticking with Nicholas Pooran as their No.4? Despite having the world’s No.1 T20 batsman Dawid Malan available, Punjab for some strange reason has continued with Pooran. The West Indies batsman has not looked sharp this season. In four games his score is 0,0,9,0.
  3. Why is Ravi Bishnoi not playing? Punjab against Hyderabad decided to play Murugan Ashwin ahead of IPL 2020 sensation Ravi Bishnoi. Murugan has failed to put pressure on the opposition in the middle overs, something other teams have done brilliantly. Maybe trying young Bishnoi can help solve it.
  4. No back up for struggling Mohammed Shami: Punjab lacks a quality wicket-taking option in their pace department. While Shami their lead fast bowler, the veteran speedster has not been at his best for some time. In four games, he just has as many wickets. Punjab missed out on an opportunity to sign a quality pacer as a back up to Shami during the auctions. Their biggest investment Jhye Richardson (14 crores) has also been a failure so far.

PBKS vs MI, IPL 2021: Is KL Rahul a captaincy material?

Rahul took over the reins of Punjab Kings in 2020. Leading from the front, the Karnataka-born showed individual brilliance with the bat and ended the season as the Orange Cap holder. But as good as he was as a batter, he struggled as a captain. Over the course of 14 games in IPL 2020, the team had mixed performances. Despite posting big totals, Punjab struggled to defend them due to some bad decisions.

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For example, last year against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab started strongly. Fielding first, Rahul’s job was to send SRH’s David Warner and Jonny Bairstow back cheaply. So, he deputed Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the powerplay. The Afghanistan leg-spinner had troubled Bairstow in the past and henceforth was a good decision. However, for some strange reason, despite a good first over, he removed Rahman. The decision cost Punjab dearly as Bairstow (97) steered SRH to a big score of 201.

The series of bad decisions have carried on to this season too.

PBKS vs MI, IPL 2021: KL Rahul captaincy will be under scanner

As Punjab Kings assistant coach Andy Flower hinted that Punjab will take on Mumbai with an unchanged XI, onus will be on Rahul to bring the best from his team. PBKS is currently placed last in the IPL 2021 points table and are in dire need for a win to stay in the title race or to say in the playoff race.



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