Rahul, who had made timely 149 against England in the final Test after enduring a poor series, made 0 in the first Test against West Indies and on a flat track at Hyderabad, he got out for 4 off 25 balls
Rahul, who had made timely 149 against England in the final Test after enduring a poor series, made 0 in the first Test against West Indies and on a flat track at Hyderabad, he got out for 4 off 25 balls

India batting coach Sanjay Bangar defended KL Rahul’s lean patch saying that he has been a very consistent performer and reiterated  that he has the backing of the team management.

“There are various voices (at this point of time) and then you start doubting your own methods. For us, he has been a very consistent player,” said Bangar after day two’s play. “So when such a patch comes, it is very important for the team and also from my point of view, that his mind is not clouded quite a lot.”

Rahul, who had made timely 149 against England in the final Test after enduring a poor series, made 0 in the first Test against West Indies and on a flat track at Hyderabad, he got out for 4 off 25 balls – at the same time, opener Prithvi Shaw had raced to 42 – after being stuck in two minds whether to leave or play at a fourth stump line delivery from Jason Holder.

But Bangar insisted that there is no technical issue with Rahul’s batting.

“Don’t think there is too much of a technical fault. But maybe, when gets past that initial phase, he expects the ball to be pitched on stump line. We have been speaking a lot on that,” Bangar said.

He went on to say that, irrespective of his lack of form in the series, Rahul is big match player and will overcome the slump soon.

“Well, you need to look at where the player is and you need to keep an eye on the future. Whatever runs he (Rahul) scored for the Indian team, his contributions have come overseas and his contributions even in India has come in tougher times.

“You remember the series against Australia (2017), which probably was the most hard-fought series in the domestic calendar in the last couple of years. He was very consistent (six fifties) so for a player of that quality you sort of and where he is at this moment, he has got a long career ahead of him.

Just like bowling coach Bharath Arun, Bangar also echoed that Rahul is a long-term investment.

“He is somebody who is part of all other formats as well, so I think that from a team management point of view we will back players who are capable of winning matches and who are impact players for us and who can change the course of a match.

“But at times, batsmen tend to think a lot about away going balls and at times forget to concentrate about straighter balls or which generally pitch on stump line. Those are things we are working on. If gets past 15 or 20 run mark, previous game got out early, if he gets out after passing 20 or 25, then it is more serious cause of concern,” he signed off