Back-in-Form KL Rahul in all Praise for Mentor Rahul Dravid
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India vs Australia 2019: KL Rahul in all Praise for Mentor Rahul Dravid

KL Rahul, Rahul Dravid, India vs Australia 2019, Bengaluru T20I
KL Rahul smashed 47 in Bengaluru T20I. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Of late, the top-order batsman KL Rahul has faced criticism for his dismal show across formats. He also faced a brief suspension following the controversy during the popular television talk show Koffee with Karan in January, this year. Rahul maintained his guide Rahul Dravid has helped him during his difficult times following his 26-ball 47-run knock against the Kangaroos. In the second match of the recently-culminated India vs Australia 2019 Twenty20 International (T20I) series, KL repeated his Vizag T20I show where he smashed a sublime fifty. In the Bengaluru T20I, Rahul played some audacious shots to mark that he’s regained his form.

KL Rahul hails Dravid’s backing:

The right-handed batsman Rahul played some brilliant strokes to entertain the crowd at his home-base; M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. But the game and series went into Australia’s kitty when Glenn Maxwell powered visitors home by seven wickets by hammering unbeaten 113 off 55 balls.

KL Rahul, India vs Australia 2019
KL Rahul has worked on his technique and skills. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, Rahul’s ouster has somewhat augured well for him to ponder over what has gone wrong in between. Recently, following the interim clearance, an introduction of Rahul has made a strong return for India A guided by Dravid before returning for the India vs Australia 2019 limited-overs series.

“I got some time off from international cricket. So, I could come back to India and reflect on what was not going right for me. Fortunately, I got to play some India A games where the pressure is a bit less and where I could focus on my skill and my technique,” Rahul said following the culmination of T20I series.

While representing India A against England Lions, Rahul got enough time to stay alongside veteran Dravid, who serves as the chief coach of India A. During the unofficial Test series, Rahul smashed two fifty-plus scores which helped him to impress the national selectors.

Rahul cherishes his return:

The 26-year-old Rahul revealed Dravid has helped him to improve his batting. He added he is equally happy on his return in the top-flight cricket.

“Got to spend a lot of time with Rahul Dravid, working on my game and chatting about cricket. He helped a lot in the five games I played for India A. The time I have spent in the middle has helped. It is nice to be back with the boys and back in blue,” Rahul stated.

KL Rahul, India vs Australia 2019
KL Rahul has gone through a rough patch. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

As soon as the Committee of Administrators (CoA) which oversees the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has lifted the ban on Rahul pending inquiry, the promising youngster witnessed a change in fortunes.

Rahul also reiterated that he has always tried to be the best in the business.

“I hope so. Things happen like I said. Four-five years with Team India. Learnt about the game, where I stand as a cricketer, as a person so just try to get better from there and be consistent and keep performing,” Rahul added.

In 2018, Rahul has faced a tough phase in the international fold. He could manage 149-run knock against England apart from a fifty-plus score against Afghanistan.

To shed light on Rahul’s last 24 Test innings, on 17 occasions he could score well under 20 runs. Also, 12 times he couldn’t cross past the double-figure mark.

So much so, since November 2017, Rahul has collected 484 runs at the batting average of 21.59.

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor