Wicket-keeper batsman, KL Rahul has revealed the thought process in the Indian dressing room which motivated them to bounce back on tour after two humiliating defeats in the first two ODIs in Sydney.
India was crushed by Australia by 66 runs and 51 runs in the first two ODIs and lost the series. However, the men in blue came back with a close victory in the third ODI and carried the momentum to win the first two T20Is and the series.
In a video posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter, KL Rahul said that it was difficult to make a comeback after the initial two losses. Hence, the team decided to treat the next four matches – one ODI and three T20Is – as a new series and try to win them.
“It’s never easy coming to Australia and losing two games and having to make a comeback…What we spoke after the first two one-dayers was that we are going to treat the rest of the four games as a new series and try and win those four games,” KL Rahul said in the video on BCCI’s Twitter handle.
“This ODI and T20s have been a learning curve for all of us. We were challenged in every game and it was important that we stick together as a group and keep believing in each other. We hope that we can improve and keep getting better as individuals and also as a team,” Rahul added.
KL Rahul returns to the Test squad
The year keeps getting better and better for the Karnataka lad. After being the Man of the Series in the T20Is in New Zealand, Rahul was the leading run-scorer in the IPL 2020. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, he was named the limited-overs vice-captain for the Australia tour.
On the back of his bumper form in white-ball cricket for the past year and a half, the 28-year-old has been recalled to the Test squad having last played a red-ball game for India in the West Indies in August last year.
Not only he has now got a place in the squad, but Rahul stands a chance to be included in the playing eleven as well. Considering the terrible form of Prithvi Shaw and Rohit Sharma’s unavailability for the first Test could mean that Rahul may well open alongside Mayank Agarwal in Adelaide.
Apart from the opening position, he could be seen batting in the middle-order as well as captain, Virat Kohli will leave the squad after the first Test to attend the birth of his first child.