Scoring a century in a T20 match and then ending on the wrong side of the result is arguably one of the most saddest moment for a batsman and as expected KL was very disappointed after the result in the first T20I against West Indies. Rahul smashed the joint second-fastest T20I century while chasing 246 for victory and remained unbeaten on 110. However, the batsman said that the Indian team’s fighting spirit was a huge positive to draw from the one-run loss.
“It is very disappointing to be on the losing side but what’s good to see is that we did not give up half way through,” Rahul said.
“The West Indies had put up a big total for us to chase and what we spoke in the dressing room was to try to take the game as long as we could and the way everyone came and approached this innings was very good to see,” he added.
Rahul’s knock kept India in the hunt throughout the chase and in the end, they were the favorites to win the match with only eight needed off the final over. But Dwayne Bravo bowled an excellent final over to deny them the win as MS Dhoni sliced a slower delivery to Marlon Samuels at third man off the final ball when two runs were required.
Speaking of his partnership with Dhoni, Rahul said:“As soon as he came in, I knew that he will make me run a lot. I was already tired by the time he came, but he kept on pushing me and like I said we just kept things simple out there in the middle. We required 13 runs an over,” he said.
“He said that even if we get 11-12 runs till the sixteenth over, it was ok and we could go big in the last couple of overs. We were favouring one end and hit sixes on that side and we knew that they did not have overs left from their main bowlers in the death.
“That was the plan and we just kept hitting well, kept connecting. We got 11-12 runs easily in an over. Just unfortunate it was one of those days when the game could’ve gone anywhere,” he added.
The Indian team will get a chance to level the two match series when they take on West Indies in the second T20I on August 28.