Indian opener KL Rahul said that the win in the decider against the West Indies will give a shoot in the arm to the side. Rahul played a crucial knock of 91 runs from 56 balls and helped India in setting up an above par score of 240 runs after they were put in to bat. The stylish batsman feels that this win is special as it came while defending the score.
Setting up the score and then been able to defend it, has been India’s, Achilles Heel. However, the hosts were up to the mark in the all-important decider against the Windies at Wankhede as they successfully defended 240 runs. The Virat Kohli-led side won by a massive margin of 67 runs to seal the series by 2-1.
Rahul was at his best.
KL Rahul added 135 runs with his opening partner, Rohit Sharma. The Indian vice-captain was also on song as he scored 71 runs from 34 balls. Furthermore, Rahul continued his good show going with Virat Kohli. Kohli scored 70 runs from 29 balls and added 95 runs with KL Rahul.
KL Rahul said in the post-match presentation, “You missed Virat also. Both of them (Rohit and Virat) were in a destructive mood today. Happy that we won the series and every game is important for us leading up to the T20 World Cup. It’s obvious that our batting first record hasn’t been that great. Today was a great opportunity and very happy that it came off. This will give a lot of confidence and now know what to do batting first. Each game will be important and a learning lesson for us before the World Cup. Like any other format, once you are set, you want to carry on and know what shots to play on. T20 has been kind and I try to do my best and give the results for the team”.
Rahul was at his best in the T20I series against the West Indies. The right-hander had also scored a handy knock of 62 runs in the first match at Hyderabad. The stylish batsman scored 164 runs in the three innings he played in the innings.
With Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of the ODI series, Rahul is likely to open with Rohit Sharma. For the time being, there is no doubt that the Karnataka batsman has sealed his place in the T20I side.
The first ODI will take place in Chennai on the 15th of December.