Team India’s captain for the first two ODIs of the ongoing series against Australia, KL Rahul, has shared that his performances since his return from injury should be the answer to whatever doubts people have over his fitness as well. The veteran smashed an unbeaten century in his comeback match – the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match against Pakistan as well. On Friday, he smashed an unbeaten 58 off 63 balls and helped India win while chasing 277 against Australia in Mohali.
Speaking ahead of the second ODI in Indore on Sunday, Rahul said, “Everyone has seen me playing in the Asia Cup, I played all the games in the Super 4. I kept 50 overs, batted and scored runs as well, so I think that question is answered for everyone who were concerned about my fitness. Hopefully, I’ll carry on in the same way with a big two months coming up with the World Cup and the Australia series,” he said.
The batter sustained a thigh injury during the Indian Premier League (IPL) and had to subsequently undergo surgery as well. After completing his rehabilitation, he was named in the squad for the Asia Cup as well. While talking about the challenges of making a comeback, Rahul said:
“I knew when I would return to the side, I’d have to keep wickets and bat. The physical challenges are a lot more compared to when I am only batting. I knew this, so I worked very hard on my fitness. As cricketers, we know the challenges that we will have to face on the field and we try to replicate that at training and practice sessions. They keep giving me more responsibilities, which shows that they believe and trust in my abilities. It gives me a lot of confidence and I also enjoy taking responsibility. It makes life and playing cricket a lot more fun,” KL Rahul concluded.