KL Rahul opens up on his cricket career, India's World Cup disappointment and more

KL Rahul opens up on Team India's ICC World Cup 2019 performance and his career in a recent interview
KL Rahul opens upon his cricket career, India's World Cup disappointment and moreKL Rahul opens upon his cricket career, India's World Cup disappointment and more
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KL Rahul is one of the most elegant cricketer to have ever represented the Indian cricket team. In spite of several highs and lows in his short career, KL Rahul has taken things up his sleeve and has continued to deliver the goods for the country. In a telephonic chat with Bombay Times, Rahul spoke up his career, India's performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and more.

KL Rahul has been batting at the top of the order throughout his career. Ahead of the World Cup, he was slotted at number four in the batting order and performed exceptionally well in the warm-up games. Later, he was asked to open the open the innings in Shikhar's absence. When asked about how he suddenly changed his mindset to open the batting with Rohit Sharma, he said that he had to change the entire game plan of his. The first game that he opened in the World Cup was against Pakistan and he admitted that he had some nerves and was under pressure. Rohit Sharma was already in tremendous form and all he needed to do was to support him and play his part to perfection. He also felt happy to have contributed towards the team's cause and get acclimatized to batting at different positions in a short span of time.

As he was asked to open the innings it was young Rishabh Pant's turn to play at number four. Some inexperience in the middle order cost  the team dearly and was a severe headache for the team management throughout the tournament.

Rahul said, number four and number five are key positions. They are as important as the openers. Whoever played there had the capability to perform for the team. There might be times that the pressure of the WC can get to you and you don't perform. But in the dressing room, we have always believed that whoever in the 15-member squad are all capable.

Except the loss against New Zealand, India had a phenomenal World Cup. During the semifinals, the Kiwi pacers reduced India to 5 for 3 in no time. What crossed your mind at that moment?

KL Rahul said, "It's not a pleasant feeling. I don’t want to go back, but if I could rewind, I would want to go back and make India five for no loss. My partnership with Rohit was good, we were giving the team a good start, so it was very disappointing that we couldn’t do it in that game. What's more disappointing is that Rohit was in the form of his life and sometimes I steadied the team too. We had a great partnership going and the other players would come in and play their roles. It's still disappointing when I look back and think about 5/3. Of course, the top order was disappointed, but we still knew that there were four-five really good batsmen in the team and the lower order would contribute, so we had the belief that we could win. I guess it was one of those games where if a little bit of luck had gone our way, we would have been on the winning side, but at the end of the day, it’s a sport and you don’t always get it your way."

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