“If Team Requires Me To Bat At Certain Strike Rate…”: KL Rahul Opens Up | Cricket Information



India’s batter KL Rahul has clarified his batting place within the ODI setup, stating that captain Rohit Sharma prefers that he bats at quantity 5 within the 50-over format. Rahul has carried out exceptionally for India batting on the quantity 5 place. He has made the slot his personal and has hit seven 50-plus scores in 15 innings whereas batting at quantity 5.

The appropriate-hander scored an unbeaten 64* to assist India seal victory within the second ODI in opposition to Sri Lanka.

“At No. 5 you will be facing spin, I like the ball coming onto the bat. Ro (Rohit) is pretty clear that’s where he wants me to bat (No. 5) and conveyed that to me,” mentioned Rahul throughout a post-match press convention.

The batter in contrast his position batting within the center order to that of opening the inning and mentioned, “One thing I really enjoy is that you don’t rush back to bat (compared to the role of an opener). You can put your feet up, have a shower, have a good meal and react to the situation. If the team requires me to bat at a certain strike rate I try and do it to the best of my ability. More often than not just try and do the job the team wants has been my mindset.”

Rahul shared his ideas on the wicket used for the second ODI at Eden Gardens and mentioned that the pitch was not an all-out belter however was additionally not unplayable.

“I won’t say it was a flat wicket, but I can’t say it was impossible to bat as well. It was quite a sporty wicket. When we started I thought it was a 280-300 wicket. It wasn’t moving much, with spongy bounce, apart from that there was not much. We bowled really well to bowl them get out for 215,” talked about the wicketkeeper batsmen.

Rahul’s unbeaten 64 off 103 balls took India to a win after they have been 86 for 4 within the chase of Sri Lanka’s 215.

He mirrored on the hosts’ chase and lauded the Sri Lankans for placing them below stress with fast wickets within the preliminary overs.

“Again the start was brisk from the openers. They (Sri Lanka) put up a good fight. Got the early breakthroughs and put us under pressure. Challenging game, and we can be proud of the way we fought,” expressed Rahul.

Shedding gentle on his innings, he mentioned, “We were batting first in Guwahati and the wicket was really good. We were trying to get the extra 20-25 runs, so no matter who the bowler is, you are looking to attack and things tend to happen. When I went in to bat last game we were in a comfortable position. We lost 4 wickets today, so it was important to soak in the pressure and ensure their main bowlers don’t get into the game early. We didn’t need to attack today.”

KL Rahul scored an unbeaten half-century in his fiftieth ODI to assist India declare a four-wicket victory within the second ODI in opposition to Sri Lanka right here on the Eden Gardens on Thursday. India clinched the three-match ODI sequence with an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Wise batting from KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya ensured the hosts recovered from the early setback to finish the chase. The wicketkeeper batsmen scored 64* runs whereas Hardik made 36 runs. Chamika Karunaratneand Lahiru Kumara picked up two wickets apiece to dent the Indian run-chase.

Incredible bowling spells from spinner Kuldeep Yadav and pacer Mohammed Siraj mixed to bundle out Sri Lanka for simply 215 runs with debutant Nuwanidu Fernando scoring a preventing half-century.

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