The flamboyant Indian opener, KL Rahul has expressed his wish to ‘create history’ for the Indian team by winning a World Cup. The Indian opener is currently plying his trade for the men in blue in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE. However, his wish isn’t likely to fulfill this year as after two losses upfront, India’s fortunes now depend on New Zealand vs Afghanistan game.
KL Rahul, who is touted as one of the future leaders of the Indian team, has previously played in a 50 overs World Cup in 2019. However, India witnessed an exit from the tournament after suffering a knocked out in the semi-finals by New Zealand. In a few interactions, Rahul has expressed how bad he had felt not being able to win that game for the Indian team. In a recent interview, he opened up about his desire for winning a World Cup.
KL Rahul recalled that he watched the 2011 World Cup win in India and that is when he decided that he wanted to win one or even more than that. It is also worth noting that the opener also took part in the U-19 World Cup in 2010, but India didn’t manage to win that tournament.
In a recently shared video by the ICC, KL Rahul said, “Growing up, I watched the 2011 World Cup at home, that’s when we won the World Cup and things changed for me. From that day on, I was like, this is what I want to do. I want to win a World Cup for my country, win one or two or three and be part of the world cup and create history.”
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So far, Rahul’s tournament has been a bit up and down. Against Pakistan, he registered a small score of just three and followed that up with 18 runs against New Zealand. However, he came back strongly against Afghanistan, as he amassed 69 runs from 48 balls, and was involved in a record opening stand of 140 runs with Rohit Sharma.
India will be locking horns with Scotland on November 5 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, aiming for a big win. They need to get wins in both their matches, the last one being against Namibia on November 8. Apart from this, they also need to hope that New Zealand loses at least one of their two matches, against Namibia or Afghanistan.ALSO READ: