Our batting has let us down this season: KL Rahul

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03 Oct 2021 | 02:14 PM
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Our batting has let us down this season: KL Rahul

Rahul has a strike rate of 129.09 in IPL 2021 which is the second-lowest among the top 10 run-scorers

With their loss at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday, Punjab Kings have been eliminated from the playoffs race as their middle-order batters completely failed to show up. KL Rahul became the first Indian batsman to score 500+ runs in four consecutive years and is the holder of Orange Cap at the moment, but the team's failure to qualify for the next stage has made the occasion a bit sadder for the Punjab skipper.

"I wouldn't say I haven't enjoyed wearing it (the Orange Cap) but I would have been happier if we had qualified. It was a score that was par. Maybe 10-15 runs extra. When a guy like Maxwell comes in with that sort of form, it makes it difficult," Rahul said in the post-match interview with Star Sports. 

"But with the bat, the last couple of years have been disappointing. If I have to be honest, our batting has let us down."

Despite being the top run-scorer this season, Rahul hasn't been at his free-flowing best in the last few seasons. He has a strike rate of 129.09 in IPL 2021 which is the second-lowest among the top 10 run-scorers. On being asked about the same, Rahul suggested that he had to play according to the team's demands. The Karnataka batter further added that the team lack a proper middle-order bat who could take responsibility. 

"I'll be lying if I say it doesn't play on my mind that I play a role that the team demands. It's not something that I enjoy, but when you lead the team, you have to accept the responsibility. In T20, the top two or three do score a bulk of the runs. You won't have people in the middle order scoring 500-600 runs. But we have missed someone in the middle who scores those 30-40 quick runs. Shahrukh and some of the other Indian young guys have been going well," Rahul concluded.

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