Since 2018, KL Rahul faced a lot of ups and downs in his cricket career. After an impressive performance in IPL 2018, Rahul massively failed in international cricket. In early this year, Rahul finally showed some batting forms in T20Is. Recently, he once again performed well in the IPL 2019.
Rahul is now focusing on the upcoming Cricket World Cup. During the IPL 2019, the national selectors included Rahul in the World Cup squad as a reserve-opener. However, India’s no.4 batting is still debatable, and Rahul may be another option for this.
Rahul is ready to play at any batting position in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
He recently told PTI, “The selectors have made it clear. I am part of the team and will go with whatever the team decides when we get there.”
I am feeling pretty confident – KL Rahul
After he was dropped out from the national team, Rahul performed well for India A during their series against England Lions. Those performances helped him to return to the national side early in this year. In late February, Rahul scored 50 and 47 runs against Australia in two T20I matches.
Then Rahul finished as the second most run-scorer in IPL 2019. Playing for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Rahul scored 593 runs in 14 innings with an average of 53.90 and strike-rate of 135.38.
Talking about his recent performances, Rahul has claimed that he is feeling pretty confident.
He added, “The last couple of months have been good with the bat. Playing the series against England Lions gave me time to focus on my skill, then did well against T20s against Australia and then the IPL. I am feeling pretty confident.”
I realised there was no problem with my skills – KL Rahul
In recent times, Rahul hugely struggled in Test cricket, including their last Australia tour. However, Rahul is happy with his present situation.
Rahul said about his tough time, “I realised there was no problem with my skills. Form is a very over-rated word but yes not performing well in Australia is hard on any player. Everyone wants to perform. I just took it in my stride and took it as part of the journey. I am happy with where I am at right now.”
During his recent crucial period for India A (England Lions series), Rahul spoke with the India A coach Rahul Dravid. Soon they decided to not much change in KL Rahul’s game.
Talking about his present game, Rahul said that he was trying to keep his batting very simple.
He claimed, “I have not really changed much. Every player goes through rough patches. Technically, I am trying to keep my batting as simple as I can. If you are hitting the ball well, your form, your technique looks good and when you are not, everything about your game looks bad. That is how it goes. Can’t really sit and break your head over it and stay as positive as possible.”
We are better prepared – KL Rahul
England and Wales are ready to host the upcoming 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July.
Around 11 months ago, Indian national cricket team toured in England for the bilateral series. Though Rahul scored one T20I century and one Test century in that tour, he mostly disappointed with his batting performances in that tour. However, the 27-year-old is now ready to utilise those experiences in the upcoming tournament.
Rahul said, “I just know what to expect in England [at the World Cup]. We were there around this time last year so we know what the conditions will be like. Nobody takes confidence from the last tour and how many runs you scored; you start fresh, but yes, we are better prepared.”
KL Rahul about shifting from T20 cricket to one-day cricket
Rahul has admitted that it is not easier to shift quickly from the T20 cricket to the one-day cricket. However, he also doesn’t feel to make many changes in this process.
Talking about that, Rahul said, “[It is] easier said than done but as players you try to keep it as simple as you can. Not [many] changes [between formats], it still is a game of bat and ball and you need to play the situation. T20 may be fast but still, you never plan for a T20. The same way you don’t plan for the other formats. You just go out there and assess the conditions and play a role that suits your team best.”
The two-time World Cup winners India will begin their new Cricket World Cup journey on 5th June. India will face South Africa (at Southampton) in their opening match of this tournament.