India vs Australia 2019: Time-Off Pushes KL Rahul to ‘Reflect’ on His ‘Game’
In the wake up of Koffee with Karan controversy, exciting top-order batsman KL Rahul has become more of a self-effacing character. He maintained it’s an honour to represent the country at the highest level. Owing to the assessment, pragmatic in approach Rahul reiterated he aims to deliver whatever opportunities would be thrown in his way. Meanwhile, Rahul, who has returned to the Indian national fold by scoring a fine fifty in Vizag T20I. He further slammed 26-ball 47 in the second and final Bengaluru T20I of India vs Australia 2019 series.
I respect the opportunity: Rahul
While citing the chance as a dream to live, Rahul hints the recent controversy has pushed him to retrospect.
“It has humbled me a little bit. I obviously respect the opportunity I have got to play for the country. It is the dream of every kid and I am no different. Just to value where I am and keep making the opportunities count. (I want to) put my head down and keep working on my cricket,” Rahul revealed following Bengaluru T20I.
With the limited-overs series against Australia more of a preparation ground for the Men in Blue, Rahul has further made most of his opportunity by scoring runs in the recent-held two-match T20I series. Even though, Australia has claimed the historic series 2-0, Rahul has impressed selectors with his timely knocks.
Hard time paves the way for success:
Bengaluru-based batsman Rahul had faced a torrid time in 2018. In the Australia Test series, Rahul flopped before facing the immediate suspension over misogynistic remarks in a television talk show hosted by Bollywood director Karan Johar.
Rahul further revealed he had faced a distressing phase which further pushed him to reflect himself at an individual level. He reiterated that he has often preferred to keep basics simple to advance into the game.
“It has been a hard time, no doubt. As a player, as a person, everyone has to go through difficult times. And it was my time to go through that. As I said it gave me the time to reflect on my game, on myself. I have always been somebody who takes things as it comes and I am just happy to be back here now,” added Rahul.
The opening batsman Rahul, who has received clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) following his ban on January 11, 2018, alongside Hardik Pandya, has expressed delight for his return to don the national colours.
Rahul happy to return to the dressing room:
He added during the time-off he has worked on his technique to improve his game. In his recent interview, Rahul has also praised India A coach Rahul Dravid. The latter instilled confidence in his ward.
“It’s nice to be back with the boys and be back in blue. I got some time off and worked on my game. Just happy that I have tasted a bit of success in the last two games and my batting has come out pretty well,” Rahul remarked.
With T20I series done and dusted, India will face-off Australia in the five-match One-day International (ODI) series commencing from March 2 in Hyderabad.
It would be interesting to see how Rahul would perform in the impending series ahead of the 2019 World Cup, starting on May 30 in London.
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