KL Rahul 'humbled' by time out of team

K.L. Rahul had endured a difficult tour of Australia, which ended prematurely with his suspension.

K.L. Rahul has been in fine touch on his return to the national side, scoring 50 and 47 in the two T20Is against Australia.   -  K. Murali Kumar

K.L. Rahul has stated that his recent time out of the Indian team has "humbled" him, admitting that the off-field troubles he faced were "hard" to deal with.

Rahul was suspended by the BCCI in January for his comments on a TV show, but he returned to the side for the Australia series after the suspension was provisionally lifted. The Karnataka batsmen has been in fine touch, scoring 50 and 47 in the two T20Is.

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"It has been a hard time, no doubt. As a player, as a person everyone has to go through difficult times and it was my time to go through that," he said here on Wednesday.

"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. [I have learnt] just to value where I am and keep making the opportunities count, put my head down and keep working on my cricket...Things happen. It has been four-five years with team India, I've learnt a lot about the game, where I stand as a person and cricketer."

Rahul had endured a difficult tour of Australia, which ended prematurely with his suspension. Upon returning home, he turned out for India A and used those series of matches and his time with coach Rahul Dravid to work on his batting.

"I got some time off from international cricket. So I could come back and reflect on what wasn't going right for me. Fortunately, I got to play some India A games and some games where the pressure was a little less so that I could 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. These games have helped me," he said.

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Rahul was pleased to be back in the Indian side. "It's nice to be back with the boys and be back in blue," he said. "I'm just happy that I have 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. I'll take the two knocks but there is a lot that I have learnt from the two knocks and I want to improve."

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