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KL Rahul has become the significant player for Team India in the white-ball format. He got the constant opportunity after Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was in and out of the team because of injuries since World Cup 2019. Rahul came out to be the versatile player and also took the role of wicketkeeper-batsman this year.
Well, last year, Rahul didn’t had a good start because he was surrounded with the controversies for his statement given in the Koffee with Karan show. The allrounder Hardik Pandya and he were suspended for some matches by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
In the recent interview, he has credited his that low phase of his transformed him from selfish player to a team player. After that incident, he learnt to play for the team and give his best. The change in his thoughts made him a more focused player.
“A lot of credit for my consistent performance goes to how differently I started thinking after 2019. With this suspension and with all that happened, I was tempted or I was in a way wanted to be selfish and play for myself, and I failed. So, I told myself I need to go out and do what the team wants me to do,” Rahul told India Today.
“We all know our careers are not too long and I realised after 2019 that I probably have a good 12 or 11 years left in me and I need to dedicate all my time and energy towards becoming a player and team man. That mind-shift really helped and took a lot of pressure off me when I started focusing on wanting to do better for the team and be a part of champion teams and make a difference in the game.”
From the beginning of 2020, Rahul proved his worth in the team. In the New Zealand tour, he played as the role of an opening batsman in the T20I series. He was also awarded the man of the series because of his commendable performance as India whitewashed New Zealand for 5-0. Moreover, he also played that particular T20I series as a wicketkeeper, replacing Rishabh Pant in the team.
So far, the 28-year-old Rahul has played 36 Test matches, 32 ODIs and 42 T20Is, scoring 2006, 1239, 1461 runs respectively.