KL Rahul after a few bad matches made his presence felt again in the first ODI against England. In the presser ahead of the second ODI, he was asked about his poor phase and plans ahead.
KL Rahul was dropped in the fifth T20I after few tough matches. Then he came back in the first ODI and registered a vital half-century to help India take lead in the three-match series. The second match between India and England is going to be played on Friday. Ahead of the same, KL Rahul faced the media and said, "This is part of the journey, everyone goes through this (poor form), I didn't do anything different. Obviously, as a player you're disappointed, I have been sitting on the bench for a while, the last time I played was three, three, and a half months ago. So I was excited and looking forward to doing well in the T20 series."
He continued, "Every cricketer in the team wants to do that but sometimes it doesn't happen, you accept it. When I sat back and looked back at things I asked myself if I had prepared well if I was training hard or anything I didn't do in terms of preparation. When I thought of it, I did everything right. So even after that if I don't score runs, it is fine, I can accept that. Having said that it doesn't mean that you don't feel disappointed, you feel disappointed, you're representing the country and you're playing at this level, you want to keep performing, you want to keep winning games for your country, you have also accepted that it won't always go your way, you have to be patient at times."
KL Rahul spoke in detail about how batting in the middle-order in ODI helps him. He explained how he could take more time to settle down. "I think the one-day format, playing at number 5, I could take a little bit more time than I did maybe in T20s. I wanted to give myself (time) but it wasn't going my way (in T20s). Having hit a couple of good shots from the middle of the bat, footwork going well, your nerves tend to calm down a little bit more.”
He recalled the vital partnership between him and Krunal Pandya which turned out to be the key for India. “When I walked (in), obviously Shikhar was batting well. We lost a couple of wickets. I knew when Krunal walked in... me having played a little more cricket, I realized that we had to stitch a partnership. In a way, when you stop thinking about your own personal game, the team's responsibility is ahead of you, you start thinking a little bit more clearer, having spent 20-25 balls in the middle, I started to feel a little more confident, really happy that I could get that partnership with Krunal and we managed to get the team past 300."