IPL 2020: KL Rahul lauds Nicholas Pooran, brushes aside criticism over his strike rate

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Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul brushed aside concerns over his strike-rate after KXIP suffered their 4th straight defeat in IPL 2020 on Thursday. Rahul believes numbers can be misleading at times, saying strike-rate are very overrated.

KL Rahul is currently the leading run-scorer in IPL 2020, having amassed 13 runs in six innings at an average of 62.60 and a strike rate of 136.68. However, his strike-rate (113.3) in the powerplays has emerged as a major concern of Kings XI Punjab, who are languishing at the bottom of the points table.

"Strike-rates are very, very overrated," KL Rahul said in the post-match presser.

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"For me, it's only about how I can win games for my team. And if on a certain day I think a strike-rate of 120 can win the game for my team, I will do that. This is how I bat and I would like to take responsibility as a leader. We all make mistakes, I'm not saying I have not made a few mistakes but you learn each day as a leader, as a batter.

"It's a partnership. When we are out in the middle as a batting group, every player has a role in the team and those roles can change in the middle with each game so I try to do the best I can for the team, try and assess the situation and play according to that. For me at the end of the day, I need to walk out of the ground knowing that I've tried to win the game."

Pooran gave us a lot of hope vs SRH: Rahul

Chasing a target of 202, Pooran was the only one who kept them in the chase while his teammates fell around him. Nicholas was the star with the bat for KXIP, scoring 77 off 37 balls, but his efforts ended in vain, as none other batsmen, could cross the figure of 11 runs.

"Until the time he was there, he gave us a lot of hope and made the opposition uncomfortable. If three or four of us with our skills can come together (we can win), we have been fielding well, we have shown a lot of heart. There are a lot of positives, the points table doesn't suggest that. The execution can go wrong but we need to be patient with the team. We need to keep believing that we are just a few wins away and this team will start looking good," Rahul added.

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