IPL 2020: Gautam Gambhir names ‘No. 1 player in IPL’
Dubai: Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir has picked the "No. 1" batsman in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) in the UAE. The ex-captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spoke highly of this batsman after watching one of his innings in the tournament. Read on to find out who is that Indian who has been anointed by Gambhir as the top player of IPL.
“This was a proper innings. Not even a single slog in the innings to be honest. That is what the quality of the man is. He can hit those cricketing shots and with that much of impact and that much strike rate, that shows what he is capable of,” Gambhir said on a show on espncricinfo website.
The player who Gambhir was talking about was Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) captain KL Rahul, who hit an Indian record 132 not out off 69 balls with 14 fours and seven sixes against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Dubai on Thursday (September 24).
“Probably, I have to agree with Ian Bishop that yes, in IPL, he is probably the no. 1 player,” BJP MP Gambhir added.
Earlier, former West Indies’ fast bowler Bishop said, “The way he (Rahul) balanced his innings was great. I was sitting there watching those first 50 runs, and outside of the powerplay I was thinking ‘geez, he is just settling there, not anchor it, but looking to balance it’.”
Riding on Rahul’s top-class innings KXIP thrashed the Virat Kohli-led RCB by 97 runs after piling up 206/3 in 20 overs. This was KXIP’s first win in the tournament after losing in a Super Over thriller to Delhi Capitals (DC). KXIP next meet Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Sunday (September 27).