India vs Australia: ‘He helped me a lot’ - KL Rahul lauds Rahul Dravid after returning to form
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India vs Australia: ‘He helped me a lot’ - KL Rahul lauds Rahul Dravid after returning to form

Rahul was part of five games for India A against England Lions and scored 89 and 81 in the last two games before scoring a half-century in the first T20I.

cricket Updated: Feb 28, 2019 09:04 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
KL Rahul,Rahul Dravid,India vs Australia
Indian batsmen K.L. Rahul plays a shot during the second Twenty20 international cricket match between India and Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.(AFP)

India batsman KL Rahul admitted on Wednesday that being away from the team has helped him get humbler and grow both the personal and professional front over the last couple of months. Rahul was sent back from Australia during India’s tour to face probe after he and Hardik Pandya had stated a few inappropriate comments about women on a television chat show.

“It has humbled me a little bit. I obviously respect the opportunity I have got to play for the country. It is the dream of every kid and I am no different. Just to value where I am and keep making the opportunities count, put my head down and keep working on my cricket,” he said on being asked if the ups and downs over the past couple of months had impacted him.

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Rahul, who fell short of a deserved half-century at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, had given India a perfect platform to pile on a mammoth total smashing 47 off just 26 deliveries. India had set a 191-run target but a gem of a knock from Glenn Maxwell swung away the match in favour of Australia helping them chase it down with two balls to spare.

Rahul heaped praise on the centurion stating that while it was difficult to bowl second owing to the wet outfield and dew, it should take nothing away from the blitz that Maxwell produced to smash 113 off 55 deliveries.

“In the second innings, dew always has an effect. We have seen that in Chinnaswamy. But can’t take (away) credit from Maxwell. He played a very good innings. Our bowlers tried their best but with a wet ball, it was always hard,” he said. “We all know what a strong player Maxwell is. He can play all around the park and it was a special knock from him. If he carries on the same way into the ODIs, we will have to figure a way to get him out.”

He also lauded Rahul Dravid for helping him get back to his form but admitted that despite batting well, he would have liked to play deeper in the innings and turn the starts into big knocks. Rahul was part of five games for India A against England Lions and scored 89 and 81 in the last two games before scoring a half-century in the first T20I.

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“Fortunately I got to play some India A game and some games where the pressure is a little less so that I can focus on my skill and my technique. I spent a lot of time with Rahul Dravid, working on my game and chatting about cricket. He helped me a lot in the games I played for India A,” the 26-year-old said.

“Just happy that I tasted a bit of success in the last two games and my batting has come out pretty well. But the other side is that I could have carried on in both innings, got a big score and won the game for my team.”

First Published: Feb 28, 2019 09:01 IST