The Indian wicket-keeper batsman, KL Rahul felt a bit rusty after not playing any competitive game for almost three months. However, he has immense faith in his preparedness, which led to him getting his form back in the first ODI against England in Pune. After having forgettable performances in the T20 series, Rahul had a good first ODI as he scored a half-century and took a number of catches behind the stumps.
Talking about the same ahead of the second ODI, KL Rahul said, “Having not got as much game time as I would have liked, I mean I won’t say it did not play on my mind, but somehow or the other you have to find a way to be best prepared, be it at training or open net sessions. In terms of that, I tried to prepare in the best way possible but having said that, nothing beats game time.”
With Rishabh Pant making a comeback to the ODI and T20I squads, and Ishan Kishan also grabbing his chance with both hands, Rahul is well aware of the fact that his place can’t be taken lightly despite being one of the most prolific performers in the shorter formats.
Elaborating the same, Rahul said, “Look when you are a part of this Indian team you know that competition is going to be really, really high and you can never sit back and feel comfortable like you own a position. Our country has got a lot of talent, you will always try to push yourself and keep training harder and working on your game. And when the opportunity comes, try to grab it with both hands.”
The lean patch that he encountered is part of a journey for an international cricketer, something that didn’t stress him much. On the other hand, while acknowledged the criticism of his batting technique, Rahul said the same technique got him runs too, so he doesn’t need to question himself on it.
KL Rahul elaborated, “When things were going right, I didn’t question my process and my passion or my commitment towards the game and I didn’t want to sit back and over-analyze three or four bad performances. You need to accept sometimes, I was doing most things right which were in my control. After that if you don’t score, you move on.”