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Cape Town Test: Sunil Gavaskar analyzes KL Rahul’s first innings

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KL Rahul was dismissed for 12 in the first innings against South Africa in Cape Town.© AFP

Team India got off to a disappointing start in the third and deciding Test against South Africa in Cape Town on Tuesday as in-form opener KL Rahul was dismissed for just 12 runs by Duane Olivier. The tourists suffered another setback as Rahul’s opening partner Mayank Agarwal was sent off for 15 by Kagiso Rabada, leaving the team under pressure at 33/2. The experienced duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli managed to defuse the pressure and took the team to 75/2 at lunch without losing any more wickets.

Rahul, who scored a brilliant century in the first Test, was undone by some good bowling. Former India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar analyzed his dismissal during a lunchtime show on host broadcaster Star Sports.

Speaking about Rahul’s natural tendency to get on the front foot, Gavaskar explained why modern batsmen find it difficult to access the crease.

“I think he got a good delivery. Look, today I see every batsman coming on the front foot. If you look at the slow motion replays. Look how tall a man he is, he’s already on the front foot. before throwing the ball.

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“So, when you have a situation where you have to go on the back foot, you’re not able to use your crease. You’re only thinking about the front foot, not the back foot. One can only expose that a little and the same thing happened,” said Gavaskar.

Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar had mentioned during the first Test match that even India skipper Virat Kohli needs to find answers from the back foot while playing in conditions conducive to fast bowling.

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