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KL Rahul has revealed that he watched his Test batting video clips and discussed the same with his coaches after he was dropped from the Test side two years ago. Rahul also said his body was tested after donning the gloves during India’s exhibition game against County XI, where he scored 101.
Indian batsman KL Rahul is looking to make a resilient comeback in Test cricket, nearly two years after he played against the West Indies in September 2019 after being dropped from the longest format.
After poor performances in the first two tests of the 2018/19 Australia tour, the Karnataka batter was dropped from the MCG test only to return to Sydney with a single-digit score, after which he was barely seen . Rahul recalled working on his batting technique after he fell, taking a break from Test cricket which allowed him to brush up on his skills and become more confident and focused.
“When I was dropped in 2018 I had to go back and talk to coaches, watch a lot of videos to see where I faltered and try to correct that. I’m glad, time off from Test cricket helped. As they say let’s say fail makes you strong, makes you more focused and determined in the game. It’s no different for me. I look forward to the opportunities and try to stay much calmer and more disciplined,” Rahul said in a music video posted by bcci.tv.
“I’ve always been confident. I’ve never really worried about self-confidence. It’s my self-confidence that has brought me so far, but it’s about staying calm, learning from your mistakes. I just enjoy my game. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve learned from them. I’m getting stronger. As I said, this is another good opportunity, hopefully I can do the work for the team,” he added.
Rahul was one of the Indian team members to tour England in 2018, appearing in all five tests of the series. Although he struggled to score runs, with just 113 runs from the first four games, his spectacular 149 in the fifth Test at The Oval served as a reminder of his abilities. Rahul admitted that he was not performing to his potential and expected to be dropped after the series.
“I remember The Oval was the best battleground we got in the whole series. In the back of my mind I also knew that this was the last game of the series and I hadn’t done well in the series. So it was just realistically I probably wouldn’t have had a chance in the next series,” Rahul said.
Shubman Gill’s injury was a blessing in disguise for Rahul to battle it out for the opening alongside his Karnataka and Punjab Kings team-mate Mayank Agarwal, but there’s a good chance he could feature in the mid-range as well. Recently, Rahul scored a century in India’s exhibition game against England and Wales (ECB) Cricket Board (ECB) County XI side, his 101 runs off 150 balls came in the middle order in the match ending in a draw. Rahul said it felt nice to get some runs and playing time under his belt in red ball cricket.
“It’s always good to get points in the white kit. It’s been a while since I played a match with red balls, so it was really nice to be there and score points. It’s important to be patient and waiting for my I’ve been working on my game. It’s good to get some time in the middle and score some points,” said Rahul.
By January 2020, Rahul had taken over from Rishabh Pant in white-ball cricket and cemented his place as India’s middle-order batsman and first-choice wicket-keeper. He recently donned the gloves for India in the warm-up match in the absence of frontline goalkeepers Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha. The 29-year-old said he enjoyed holding it and it helped test his body’s capacity.
“It’s a good opportunity to test my body and wicketkeeping skills. The added responsibility really hurt me (laughs), but other than that it was a good time out and it gives me a good chance to stay in the game “Especially when it’s a practice game, sometimes it can feel longer. But when you’re a wicketkeeper you have to stay focused and you’re in the game all the time. So I really enjoyed it,” said Rahul.
India will begin their five-game streak against England on August 4 in Nottingham.
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