KL Rahul is happy with his performance against Pakistan on Sunday
India wicket-keeper and batsman KL Rahul batted at the top three in their match against Pakistan on Sunday. Rahul made 57 off 78 deliveries in a 136-run opening with batsman Rohit Sharma. India won the match by 89 runs.
“I’ve had to wait for my chance and I’m just happy that I got to bat in the top three,” said Rahul. “If you see anywhere in the world, the other openers have played so well for India, they’ve owned those positions.”
“As a kid or as a young cricketer growing up, this is what you dream to do,” continued Rahul. “I’m really happy that I got the opportunity and I give myself six out of ten! Hopefully I carry on the confidence and get better.”
Rahul made his innings after batsman Shikhar Dhawan’s hand-injury which ruled him out of the tournament for at least two weeks. Because of this, Rahul is expected to open with Sharma for the next two games.
Rahul continued that seeing off the new ball is the key to winning matches on English pitches.
“With the new ball, against any bowler, it’s important to see off the first few overs,” stated Rahul. “Those first few overs are obviously the most difficult time because you don’t know what the ball is going to do in the air and off the seam.”
“Once we got through those, we felt a lot more comfortable. For an opening batsman, it’s important to hit a few balls in the middle of the bat and get a few boundaries going,” he added.
India will be playing against Afghanistan on Saturday at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground. The Men in Blue currently have +180 odds of winning the ICC Cricket World Cup.
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