India’s flamboyant batsman KL Rahul has asserted that he had to wait patiently for his turn in red-ball cricket as the 29-year-old recently got an opportunity during the three-day tour match against County Selected XI. Test team’s regular wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha were under isolation owing to COVID-19 issues in the Indian camp.
Rahul has been a consistent member of team’s India’s Test squad since the historic Test series against Australia. However, he didn’t get any chance to represent his nation in the purest format of the game. Coming to his recent hundred in England, Rahul looked very free-flowing in his batting approach before he retired out after scoring a swashbuckling ton.
In a recent video interaction on BCCI’s official media handles, KL Rahul said:
“It’s always good to get runs in the white kit. It’s been a while since I’d played a red-ball game, so it was very nice to be out there, and score runs. It’s important to stay patient and wait for my turn. I’ve been working on my game. It’s good to get some time in the middle and score some runs,” Rahul told BCCI.tv.
“Hopefully I can do the job for the team” – Rahul
KL Rahul’s last outing in the whites came during the 2019 West Indies tour and he has not played any Test match for the last couple of years. However, the Karnataka batsman has been continuously in great form in the limited-overs format and might get the well-deserved chance here in England as well.
“I’ve always been confident. I’ve never really worried about confidence. It’s my self-belief that has gotten me so far, but it’s about maintaining a calm head, learning from your mistakes.
“I‘m just enjoying my game. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve learnt from them. I get stronger. Like I said this is a good opportunity again, hopefully, fingers crossed I can do the job for the team,” he said.
KL Rahul has a decent Test cricket experience of 36 matches against his name. The right-hander has scored 2006 runs at an average of almost 35, including five centuries and 11 half-centuries.