Indian batsman KL Rahul has recently said it was important for him to stay patient and wait for his turn in the longest format of the game. Team India is all set to play a 5-match test series against England from 4th August 2021.
Speaking in an interview Rahul told – “It’s always good to get runs in the white kit. 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 has also added – “I’ve always been confident. I’ve never really worried about confidence. It’s my self-belief that has gotten me so far, but it’s about maintaining a calm head, learning from your mistakes. I’m just enjoying my game. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve learned from them. I get stronger. Like I said this is a good opportunity again, hopefully, fingers crossed I can do the job for the team,”
In a warmup match, Rahul has taken up the wicketkeeping duties because of Pant and Saha’s absence.
Speaking about wicketkeeping he said – “It’s a good opportunity to test my body and wicketkeeping skills. The added responsibility made me really sore (laughs) but apart from that, it was a good time out and it gives me a good opportunity to stay in the game. Especially when it is a practice game, sometimes it can feel longer. But when you’re wicketkeeping, you need to stay focused and you’re in the game all the time. So, I quite enjoyed it,”
KL Rahul has played his last Test game back in 2019 against West Indies. And during the 2018 England tour, he has played a fantastic knock of 149 at the Oval.
Speaking about his 148 knock he said – “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. 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,”
He has concluded by saying – “I remember The Oval being the best batting pitch we got in the whole series. 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,“