India’s keeper-batsman KL Rahul might have roared back to form in the first ODI against England in Pune; however, he endured a horror run before that. KL Rahul’s unbeaten fifty in the first ODI and his unbroken partnership with Krunal Pandya left England 317 to win and the tourists lost by 66 runs. Despite the low scores, the keeper-batsman asserted that it never impacted his confidence.
Due to his outstanding form in white-ball cricket in the last few months, KL Rahul had become India’s first-choice opener in T20Is. However, the classy right-handed batsman looked out of sorts against England, registering scores of 1, 0, 0 in the first three fixtures. The fourth T20I saw Rahul reach double figures for the first time in the rubber, but he lasted 17 balls, making only 14 runs.
KL Rahul revealed that his low scores were never a result of self-confidence and belief since he has always believed in himself as a player and person. He also stated that the string of single-digit scores did not affect him negatively either. The 28-year old highlighted that in sport, it often happens that a player tries something and it does not work. Hence, they try to learn from their mistakes and do better. But from a confidence perspective, Rahul knew he was batting well.
“I was confident, for a player to come this far, it’s only self-belief that gets him this far. I have always been confident on who I am as a player and who I am as a person. It was never an issue of confidence and self-belief. Like I said, sometimes it’s sport, you try everything that is possible and which is in your control, still it does not go your way. So, you accept it and try to learn from the mistakes you have done. I was always confident, I knew in the nets and the practice sessions, I was batting well,” Rahul said as quoted by ANI.
I was really excited about playing the white-ball series: KL Rahul
The Karnataka keeper-batsman underlined that every player goes through such phases; hence, he did not feel too stressed. KL Rahul felt excited about playing the white-ball series, having been at the bench for around three months. As far as results go, Rahul admitted that not everytime things go in favour; thus, it is wise to accept it.
“Everybody goes through this, I did not do anything different. I was not too stressed, as a player, you are disappointed. Sitting on the bench for a while, I did not play for 3-3.5 months so I was really excited about playing the white-ball series. Every player in the team wants to do well, sometimes it does not happen, you have to accept it,” he added.