KL Rahul on challenges of switching to domestic mode from international cricket

KL Rahul is currently representing his state side Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy
KL Rahul on challenges of switching to domestic mode from international cricketKL Rahul on challenges of switching to domestic mode from international cricket
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KL Rahul will not be a part of the Test series against South Africa after he was dropped due to poor form. With the return of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul's not a sure starter in the limited-overs formats too. Currently, he is playing the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Karnataka. In the game against Kerala at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, he scored a match-winning 122 ball 131.

On the challenges of switching to domestic from international cricket, KL Rahul said, "The pace of the game is a lot slower. In international cricket, the stadiums are full all the time. The wickets I feel are a lot better at the higher level. Here it's a bit more challenging. If we get to bat first, then the first 10-15 overs is a bit of challenge. It's like playing the first session in a red-ball game. That's also a good challenge for me because I need to work on my game. Obviously, you have to stay a lot more disciplined."

On his century, Rahul said, "Not as free-flowing as I wanted it to be. But this gives you more satisfaction as a player because you know it was not an easy wicket. You had to work hard. I had to play 100-110 balls to get that hundred. This kind of innings gives you more confidence. I want to challenge myself in difficult conditions, work on my technique, see where I'm faltering. So, to come back here and work on it, to get quality opposition and to get runs against them feels very good."

"Once I got set I wanted to make sure I carry on longer because we are only playing five specialist batsmen and three or four all-rounders. I wanted to make sure that one of the batsmen is there till 40-45 overs. Somewhere in the first game (against Jharkhand) I felt that, I could have carried on longer and delayed that risky shot. Today I tried to stay more disciplined. That's what I am looking to get out of these 8-10 games, make sure I am disciplined with my shot selection."  

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