Won't break my head over past dismissals, says K.L. Rahul

Indian opening batsman K.L. Rahul is confident of beating England in the upcoming World Cup match after Thursday's win against West Indies.

Rahul felt that it was disappointing to not build on his start in the match against West Indies.   -  Getty Images

Pitch-forked into the opener’s slot after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out following a left-thumb fracture, K.L. Rahul has done reasonably well up the order in World Cup 2019. In his new role, Rahul scored 57, 30 and 48 against Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West Indies respectively. He is aware that he has to capitalise on his starts.

A happy Rahul, who played his part in India’s triumph over the West Indies, addressed the press at Old Trafford here on Thursday.

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Surface Tension

The pitch was similiar to the one in Southampton. It was slow but here there was a bit of two-pace. On wickets like this, 250 or 260 was a good score. After the first 10 overs, after the discussions we had - Rohit (Sharma) and I; Virat (Kohli) and I – we sent the feedback to the dressing room that this isn’t a 300 wicket.

 

Opening Clues

At this level you need to be ready. I know Shikhar getting injured was unfortunate but I was prepared to bat up the order. I had to work harder at number four because I never batted there all my life. You need to be ready for whatever slot the team gives you.

 

Starts and dismissals

Getting those first 20 to 30 runs are always difficult and then to get out, not to take it deep is disappointing. I will sit and assess it, but I won’t break my head about it. Against Afghanistan, it (reverse-sweep) wasn’t a bad shot, mostly I get it right but the timing of it wasn’t right. Here against the West Indies, it was a good ball (from Jason Holder).

 

The Big One Against England

If we play our best cricket, like we did in the last few games, that should help us end up on the winning side. Big game against England but we are confident.