Veteran cricketer Farokh Engineer opined that KL Rahul has the potential to become Sachin Tendulkar or Sunil Gavaskar. He said to the press that ” KL Rahul is superb. Rahul could be like Gavaskar or Tendulkar according to me. He has got the potential to be a great batsman. He is very talented. He plays with a straight bat, and I am very very impressed with him.”“Rahul will play a hell of a crucial role. KL Rahul will be a prime candidate. I will be very surprised and disappointed if he doesn’t do well. And I feel he will do well,”
Engineer played 46 test matches for India.
Despite his poor performance in the ODI series, Farokh Engineer felt that he is the crucial player in the team and can be the match-winner.
He slammed great knocks in the Border-Gavaskar trophy and smashed 659 runs from 14 games at a whopping strike rate above 150 and at an average of 54.91 with 6 half-centuries for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL 2018. He made a match-winning century in the first T20I against England that determined the result of the game. He slammed a fifty in the one-off match against Afghanistan. His poor form in the ODI series against England made the way for Dinesh Karthik in the last ODI.
KL Rahul is known as the test cricket specialist and made 1512 runs at an average of 40.86 from 24 test-matches with 4 centuries and 11 half-centuries.
Farokh Engineer is confident about Rahul’s performance is determining the result of the series along with Captain Kohli and the budding chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
He said that “Virat Kohli should play a very important part. KL Rahul, I think will play a fantastic part. If was a captain, I would certainly pick Kuldeep Yadav too. It depends whether you play him straightaway or at whose expense do you play him,
When asked about the present team composition to encounter players like Joe Root, James Anderson, and Alistair Cook, he said that it is one of the golden teams to face such a strong team.
“Absolutely. This is the best chance to win a series and we should win. I am not a gambling man but I would back our boys. I would back them through patriotism in any case but my gut feeling is that we will beat England in England because we have a very confident squad,” he added.