KL Rahul landed himself in hot soup after featuring in celebrity TV show Koffee with Karan. Rahul and his teammate Hardik Pandya came under the radar for their sexist remarks and were suspended from the game. The duo were sent home from India’s tour of Australia in January 2019 and subsequently banned from the New Zealand series.
However, KL Rahul returned strongly after the controversy, and showed his maturity on the field. The Karnataka batsman has been in red-hot form for the national team and his neat glovework only adds to his case. KL Rahul proved his prowess at the top of order and was also effective down the order. He has overshadowed Rishabh Pant with his performances.
In the ODI series against New Zealand, KL Rahul hit a century and half-century after showing his brilliance in the T20I series. However, at the pandemic situation, cricketers have been far from practice due to the hiatus and would need time to be match-fit again.
KL Rahul: A lot of credit for my consistent performance goes to how differently I started thinking after 2019
KL Rahul credited took the suspension to improve his game. He said a lot of credit for his consistent performances goes to how differently he started thinking after the controversy. Explaining the same, he said, he wanted to take a selfish approach for himself and started focusing more on the game.
“A lot of credit for my consistent performance goes to how differently I started thinking after 2019. With this suspension and with all that happened I was tempted or I was in a way wanted to be selfish and play for myself and I failed when I started focusing on myself and individual scores. So I told myself I need to go out and do what the team wants me to do,” KL Rahul said.
KL Rahul has cemented his place in the limited-overs with his consistent performances since 2019. He has scored at an average of 47.65 in the ODIs and 45.65 in the shortest format of the game.