KL Rahul Says “Mastery Is Overrated”, Patience Key For Him


KL Rahul made good starts in both innings of the opening Test between India and the West Indies but failed to captitalise, dismissed for scores of 44 (1st innings) and 38 (2nd innings). Speaking after the end of play on Day 3, KL Rahul didn’t seem too worried approximately not pushing on upon getting starts. The Indian opener said that “mastery and everything is overrated” and that it used to be important for him to spend time in the middle. On the other hand, the right-hander admitted he needed to show some patience and prolong the things he is doing mannered.

Except for a half-century in the one-off Test against Afghanistan and 149 in England final year, KL Rahul has not slightly set the stage alight in the longest format since the start of 2018.

“Mastery and everything is overrated – when you get runs everything looks good. So it used to be important for me to spend time in the middle,” he said all over a media convention at the end of third day’s play.

On Saturday, Rahul failed to implement a paddle sweep against Roston Chase and used to be dismissed for 38.

“(I am) very disappointed but there are a large number of things I’m doing correct. Just want to retain my head down and show some patience,” Rahul said.

“I just have to prolong the great things I’m doing till I am getting to 35-45. I’m batting mannered, I looked comfortable in both the innings and my head-space is superb. Happy approximately a large number of things.    

“… Whether I will retain my patience and retain batting the way I do in the first 60-80 balls, whether I continue to try this for 200-250 balls then it will obviously benefit me and the team.”

Rahul, who shone with a fine knock of 110 in his debut Test series in Australia, struggled in his next visit Down Under with scores of 2, 44, 2, 0 and 9.

“I never felt that there used to be anything drastically fallacious with my mastery in Australia. It used to be just a type of phases that each and every batsman goes through.

“When you find yourself in that phase it’s challenging to receive out but a great player will find his way out.”

He said runs for India A did his confidence a world of good.

“… That’s why going out and playing some practice games, India A games and getting some runs under my belt did mannered for my confidence and I could go back and concentrate on getting runs more than why I used to be getting out and trying to dissect my mastery or batting.”

India had extended their overall lead to 260 runs by reaching 185 for three at stumps on Day 3.

(With PTI inputs)

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