South African-born-English cricketer, Nick Compton, has claimed on Friday (31 August), that James Anderson and Stuart Broad have exposed Indian opener KL Rahul’s weakness during the ongoing five-match Test series here. He further added that England have found Rahul’s weakness, saying the right-hander struggles while facing the ball which nips back into him.
So far in the five-match Test series, Rahul has tallied only 113 runs in seven innings at a mediocre average of 16.14. In Southampton too, the stylish opener was dismissed on 19 off 24 balls as he failed to identify the incoming delivery from Broad eventually getting dismissed after he was adjudged LBW.
However, Compton praised KL Rahul for his batting and felt that he is working on his technique slowly. He further said that Rahul has to guard his stumps if he wants to convert his starts into big scores in England.
Compton told ESPN Cricinfo, “He is clearly a very good player. I think that back-foot drive off Anderson was sumptuous shot through the off-side. So he’s clearly a talented player.”
He signed off by saying, “I think he’s working things out slowly. He’s got a decent technique but clearly Stuart Broad and Anderson have found a weakness and that’s with the ball nipping it back. I think it’s something that he gets a bit far over, his head falls over. In England, you’ve really got to guard your stumps and I think that’s the only area he’s vulnerable. He needs to watch out for in that area.”