Karun Nair might well have stolen the show at Chepauk with a remarkable triple-century, but that just wasn’t it. Before Nair got to the prestigious landmark, India’s mainstay with the bat in reply to England’s total of 477 had been Nair’s Karnataka teammate, KL Rahul. The stylish opener breezed his way past the century mark and looked unstoppable as he made great use of his feet.
Just when it seemed Rahul would get to his double century, catastrophe struck as he was caught for 199. Post India’s 4-0 series victory, the opener caught up with India Today and admitted he was a tad disappointed to miss out on the double-century. Rahul, however, added he would definitely cross the mark next time.
“Look it’s a funny game. I came back to playing Test cricket and got out for zero and people thought I was not the same guy,” Rahul said.
“It was a tough time for me. I have to be grateful for the runs I have got. I have 199 reasons to smile. I was just one run away from getting a double hundred. That’s the way the game goes. You don’t always get what you want,” he added.
Rating the win at Chennai as the best of his career, Rahul said: “I am happy that the 199 helped the team register one of the best victories we have had in last 14 months. There was not a lot in the wicket. We were thinking runs first four days. We wanted to win but did not know how we would do it. We wanted to fight it out. That’s the thing about this team. I rate the Chennai win right at top of the list.”
Seeking a competitive spirit, the opener said he would look to go past the tally of Karun Nair soon. “You learn from these mistakes. I am happy from the learning. The next time I go out to bat I will try to break Karun or Sehwag’s record.” “Karun has set a very high benchmark in the team for us with his 300. His first hundred is a big one. Good to have such competition in the team,” Rahul concluded.