KL Rahul's IPL Brilliance Bolsters T20 World Cup Hopes

KL Rahul’s IPL Brilliance Bolsters T20 World Cup Hopes

KL Rahul’s Stellar IPL Performance Strengthens His Case for T20 World Cup Selection

Former Mumbai Indians pacer Mitchell McClenaghan and ex-Australian cricketer Tom Moody have hailed Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul’s recent IPL performance as a testament to his credentials for a place in India’s T20 World Cup squad.

Rahul, who missed the first Test against England due to a quadriceps injury, has made a strong comeback in the IPL. Despite a slow start, he has showcased his class with an impressive 82-run knock against the Chennai Super Kings.

McClenaghan believes that Rahul has always been a contender for the World Cup squad, and his IPL performance has only solidified his position. “KL has always been a contender; it is just how well he performs in the IPL leading up to the competition,” McClenaghan said. “This is a very significant performance. I think his spirit will be high.”

Moody echoed McClenaghan’s sentiments, stating that Rahul’s recent form has put him in contention for a spot in the team. “There is a cue in that particular department that the top-order batter but keeper also. He has certainly put his name on the table,” Moody added.

Rahul’s return to form is a major boost for the Lucknow Super Giants, who are currently in a strong position in the IPL standings. They will next face the Chennai Super Kings in Chennai, where Rahul will look to continue his impressive run and further enhance his chances of World Cup selection.

Odisha FC's AFC Cup Journey Ends with Goalless Draw

Odisha FC’s AFC Cup Journey Ends with Goalless Draw

Indian Super League club Odisha FC’s hopes of reaching the Inter-Zone final of the AFC Cup were dashed after a goalless draw in the home leg against Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

Having lost the first leg 4-0 to the A-League side, Odisha FC needed a remarkable comeback to progress. However, they failed to capitalize on the home advantage and conceded the tie 0-4 on aggregate.

The Mariners, who traveled to India with a comfortable cushion, started brightly. Ronald Barcellos and Angel Torres had early chances but were denied by Odisha goalkeeper Amrinder Singh.

Central Coast was awarded a penalty in the first half when Ryan Edmondson was brought down by Carlos Delgado. However, Mikael Doka’s spot-kick was saved by Amrinder.

The visitors continued to control possession but lacked the dominance they displayed in the first leg. Odisha defender Mourtada Fall cleared Max Balard’s free-kick under pressure from Edmondson, while the Englishman missed a volley in a promising position.

In the final quarter, Christian Theoharous had a shot saved by Amrinder, and Miguel Di Pizio’s late effort was deflected wide.

Odisha FC’s elimination from the AFC Cup marks a disappointing end to their continental campaign. The Indian club had reached the group stage for the first time this season but failed to make a significant impact.

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