Indian wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul said that he has been keeping wickets for the past few years and he is leaving no stone unturned in his preparations to become a specialist wicket-keeper in ODIs. He has donned the gloves for India in ODIs since 2020 and since then, he has done well with the gloves and with the bat at No.5. Rahul played a match-winning knock of 64* to help India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series by 4 wickets in the second match against Sri Lanka in Kolkata.
During the post-match presentation, KL Rahul said, “Obviously, I have done this for a few years now, as quoted by India Today. 2019, 2020,21 I have done this. It’s time to settle in this room. I have tried to settle in it. When you have the support of the captain and the team, it helps you focus on doing well for your country.”
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He further added, “It keeps me on my toes and helps me face challenges. I like challenges. I haven’t done it for so long. But do it for a while. I want to do my best.” Try to manage fitness and my body, I am working a lot on batting and wicketkeeping for this. Because it requires special training.”
KL Rahul said he would prefer to bat at No.5 as it gives him some time to rest after wicket-keeping and does not need to rush to pad-up and get ready once again.
Talking about this in detail, KL Rahul said, ‘Any role that helps my team win matches is my comfort zone. Playing is more important. Ever since I started playing in the Indian team, I have been thinking about it. In my first Test match, I batted at no. 6. In the World Cup. I played on the numbers. 5 and 4. I really enjoyed the different challenges.
He further added, ‘I try to perform well under pressure and that helps me under everyone’s captaincy whether it is Virat or Rohit. I have enjoyed every role. It helps me to understand myself and my batting. It is important to be good at coming out of your comfort zone. In sports, you have to be flexible and ready for all challenges. He will go with whatever the team wants.”
Talking about his match-winning innings against Sri Lanka in the second ODI, KL Rahul said he had the experience of batting with the tailenders and that helped him in the Kolkata game.
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The wicket-keeper batsman explained, “Every game is different. We are always playing in different formats. different game. We keep on adapting. Getting partnerships from the middle or lower order. I happened very few times when I batted with tails. It is important to understand each situation and partners. We need to understand in order to share.