KXIP skipper KL Rahul is undoubtedly the best batsman in IPL 2020 so far. The right-hand batsman currently holds the orange cap with 525 runs in 9 matches at an average over 75 and a strike rate of 135.65. Though KXIP has struggled in tournament so far, KL Rahul has shown temperament, leading from the front.
In a thrilling win against defending champions yesterday, KL Rahul not only anchored in the tall chase but also affected a runout in first super over to shift the momentum and force the match in second super over.
The match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab will stand as one of the greatest even matches in IPL history as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami put an exhibition of Yorker-delivering in a match that continued well beyond mid-night for the outcome. After Trent Boult defended 9 runs in the 20th over, Jasprit Bumrah restricted KXIP to 5 runs in first Super Over.
Mohammad Shami matched or we can say bettered Bumrah’s effort in reply as he delivered 5 consecutive Yorkers for just four runs. With MI required 2 runs on the final ball, Quinton de Kock squeezed the ball through the covers and ran back for the second run. But KL Rahul affected a flick off a superb throw to catches de Kock short on the second run, result – another super over. Eventually, KXIP came on the top, courtesy some a six off the first ball of second super over by Universe Boss.
After the brilliant effort from KL Rahul, a fan posted the wicketkeeping effort on twitter, calling KL Rahul ‘My Thala.’
‘Thala’ the nickname is given to MS Dhoni by CSK fans as a gesture of respect and love. And KL Rahul also gave his respect to the name as he replied: “There is only one Thala Gajal and everyone knows who he is” politely to the fan.