Indian cricketer KL Rahul, who gave an outstanding performance in the first T20I match against West Indies which has lead India to won by six wickets, has given his statement that he is not worried about next year’s World Cup T20, as he is presently giving his focus only on making the best use of opening the golden chance.
KL Rahul To Use This As A Best Opportunity:
On Friday evening, Rahul has scored 62 off 40 deliveries at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium and became the joint third-fastest player to achieve 1,000 T20I runs reaching the milestone of 29 innings.
The Karnataka batsman has got this chance to start the match as the opener in the T20I series against West Indies as the regular opener Shikhar Dhawan is under-recovery from a knee injury.
Dhawan had been persisted with in the opening form despite his struggles and efforts with strike rate and the fact that yet he is unable to achieve a single fifty-plus score in his last 13 T20I innings. On the other hand, Rahul has managed to achieve the three half-centuries in seven innings this year, scoring at a decent start and thus giving him a chance to feature as the frontline opening batsman for the T20I World Cup that is going to be held on next year in Australia.
However, the right-handed batsman is not focusing on the future yet. “Honestly, It’s a long way. I’ve got this golden opportunity to bat at the top of the order again after a couple of matches. So, I’m looking forward to just make the best use of it,” he gave his statement while addressing the post-match press conference.
“Today it was a good outing, a good hit in the middle and hopefully I just continue to give this same thing and not to worry about October next year, there’s are lots of games before that.”
If we discuss the wicket on which both the teams have managed to score more than 200 runs in their innings, Rahul stated that: “I am not saying that the wicket was to bat. It was not the easiest wicket to bat on.”
“When you are after the 200 plus runs you obviously want to come out hard and you know you are chasing ten runs of an over. We knew that once we hit one or two boundaries then it will start to bring a lot more boundaries.”
The chase for runs started by skipper Virat Kohli, who is personally best in the shortest format of the matches and scored an unbeaten 94 runs to take India across the line with eight balls to spare.
“We kept the intent going on and the plans were very clear that you have to hit boundaries. Fortunately, Virat carried for us and finished the game,” Rahul added.
India and West Indies will take on each other in the second T20I match in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.