Ankit Bawne, KL Rahul, IndiaA vs England Lions 2019
KL Rahul set to play for India A. (PC: Getty Images)

Team India opening batsman KL Rahul has been struggling to get back to form. In overseas Tests, the right-hander just managed to score 50-plus runs this year. Hence he would want to improve on that record after first innings failure against Australia.

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Meanwhile, Rahul went out to straight to practice minutes after the conclusion of the first Test match between Australia and India at Adelaide.

Moreover, at one point in time, Australians were closer to knit crucial partnerships in between. Australia faltered when they just required 32 runs to win as Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood were batting at the crease.

On the bowling of Ashwin, Hazlewood hung his bat outside off before Rahul completed a fantastic low catch being stationed at second slip to culminate Australian innings.

KL Rahul preparing for the rest of the games:

Australia vs India 2018: KL Rahul Right into Practice Mode After India Clinch Adelaide Test
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Also, India had won their third Test in Australia in 2008 when they sealed the deal at WACA in Perth. Now, as they had managed to win the first game by 31 runs, they also managed to win the first Test of a series on Australian soil. It was an important win, and the celebrations by the players revealed how much it meant to them individually.

Meanwhile, after the first win, India will go hard at the hosts. But Rahul is not satisfied with his performance, and he will be keen to contribute more.

On the other side, young lad Prithvi Shaw is recovering, and it will be a tough challenge for the Karnataka-based opener. He in particular needs to perform well to feature in the remainder of the Test series.

Australia vs India 2018: KL Rahul Right into Practice Mode After India Clinch Adelaide Test
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The 26-year-old Rahul got out cheaply in the first essay of the game. However, Rahul gave an excellent start in the second innings but failed to convert it into a big score.

For now, he aims to convert the decent starts into big scores and eventually cement a position in the playing XI.

The second Test of the four-match Test series will commence from December 14 at Perth.

Arijit Chatterjee

An avid sports lover