Indian Premier League, Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore face-off, KL Rahul vs Navdeep Saini
IPL 2020, KXIP vs RCB: KL Rahul failed to capitalize on the start he got against the Delhi Capitals.© BCCI / IPL
KL Rahul, captain of Kings XI Punjab for IPL 2020, will definitely be one of the leading batsmen of the franchise this year. Although he will not be very happy with his show against the Delhi Capitals in the first match, it cannot be denied that he has the credentials of being one of the success stories of KXIP and that he needs to shake the franchise. Will need to perform well on a consistent basis. His role at the top of the innings is important. So it is Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler Navdeep Saini, who has become one of the bowlers to watch in IPL 2020 after his brilliant performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Rahul is a classic player, the way Karnataka churns regularly. He has adapted well to his approach to instant cricket, and the results show.
Rahul has played 68 matches in 1998 matches at a strike rate of 137.79. He has the technique of handling fast bowling initially, as well as the spin department. He will be on his A game, especially now that he is leading KXIP.
Saini is only playing his second IPL, having played 13 matches in 2019. In 14 matches so far, the fast bowler has claimed 13 wickets in an economy of 8.11.
While he is inexperienced, his show against SRH would have given a big boost, as he claimed 2/25 and struck out all the batsmen.
Both players have a lot to prove, as both of their franchises are still to claim the IPL crown. It will be a face of interest.
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