IND vs ENG: India’s wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul is gearing up for the five-match test series against England. KL Rahul has last played test cricket for team India back in August 2019 but has no regrets about not playing test cricket for so long. In a video shared by the BCCI, Rahul reckons his time off from test cricket as a useful period because he had utilized that time to turn himself strong as a cricketer.
“When I got dropped in 2018, I had to go back and discuss with coaches, watched a lot of videos to see where I was faltering, and try to correct that,” he told BCCI.tv. “I’m happy, time off from Test cricket (has helped). As they say, failure makes you strong, makes you more focused and determined about the game. It’s no different for me. I’m looking forward to the opportunities, trying to stay a lot calmer and more disciplined,” said Rahul in the clip posted by BCCI.
KL Rahul has scored the last of his five test centuries at the Oval in 2018. The series was memorable & even forgetful for Rahul as he could score just 150 runs in nine innings he had played on that tour prior to that innings, & his position in the team was doubtful. However, Rahul made a solid comeback by hitting 149 runs on the final day of the test series where he stitched a good partnership with Rishabh Pant.
“I remember The Oval being the best batting pitch we got in the whole series,” he said. “At the back of my mind, I also knew it was the last game of the series and I hadn’t done well in the series. So, it was only realistic that I would have probably not gotten a chance in the next series.
“I wanted to make it count, enjoy my batting. I had a sense of freedom in my head. I thought this may be my last opportunity to let me go and enjoy my game. Me and Rishabh, had we battled for an hour more, we could have won the game. That would have been historic, been the icing on the cake. But I’ll still hold Oval very close (to my heart).”
Recently in a three-day practice match in Durham against County XI, KL Rahul registered a swashbuckling century. The match was ended in a draw. India will lock horns with England in the five-match test series starting from August 4 in Nottingham.
“It’s always good to get runs in the white kit,” he said of his century last week. “It’s been a while since I’d played a red-ball game, so it was very nice to be out there, and score runs. It’s important to stay patient and wait for my turn. I’ve been working on my game. It’s good to get some time in the middle and score some runs.
He further said that practice match emerged as a good opportunity to test his body & wicket-keeping skills. During the three-day practice match, KL Rahul also did wicket-keeping as Pant & Saha both were in Quarantine. He further said that he has a high self-belief & never let his confidence go down.