Revealed: MS Dhoni and KL Rahul mock at Brad Haddin during the MCG Test
KL Rahul recounts a funny moment on India’s tour of Australia during his interaction with Cricbuzz. During the MCG Test, India’s skipper MS Dhoni asked Rahul to “plug in some cotton in your ears when you go to bat, because you are going to get a lot” to avoid the sledging from Australian fielders. But why did Dhoni tell this to Rahul?
KL Rahul, the Indian opener made a lackluster debut Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) but scored 110 in the following Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). He scored his second hundred against Sri Lankan in the second Test at P. Sara Oval which played crucial role in India’s 278 run over Sri Lanka and to level the series 1-1 and finally win the series at SSC, Colombo. Rahul is currently playing in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) for Hubli Tigers.
It was the 89th over of the match, the last over of the day and Mohammed Shami was bowling to Brad Haddin. Shami hits him on his elbow and chest and he was struggling a little bit. Rahul was fielding at short leg, explained the incident “I said something Brad Haddin as he went off. He got offended he said a few things and I said a few things.”
“On the way back, he said be careful, [Mitchell] Johnson might break your head tomorrow. You are still young. I said something back to him.”
At the end of the day when Rahul and MS Dhoni laughed at that incident when they were taking a shower. Rahul recounts Dhoni’s word to him.
Dhoni: KL did you say something to him?
Rahul: Yeah. I said something
Dhoni replied winked: “Okay. That’s fine. It’ll be better if you can plug in some cotton in your ears when you go to bat because you are going to get a lot.”
Asked who is your favourite cricketer, Rahul said, “at this point, I think it would be AB de Villiers” because he is the “most complete batsman”. Rahul also said de Villiers is not only his inspiration but also for young cricketers like Karun Nair and Mayank Agarwal.
“He has been an inspiration to me. I was lucky enough to play a year alongside him. We all know that he is a wonderful cricketer. He is also a wonderful human being. He was always there to help us, youngsters. He knew that we had skill, but we were little nervous when we went out there. He sensed that and so he would come up to us and spend time with us off the field. Give us a few pointers. Not just me, Karun [Nair], Mayank [Agarwal], and all of us (benefited) when we were in the team (with AB de Villiers). We admire him for that” Rahul signed off.