Rahul: ‘We replicate what we do in a match during net sessions’

India opener K.L. Rahul gives a sneak peak into what goes on within the 22 yards at a nets session.

K.L. Rahul during a practice session ahead of India and Australia second Test match at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.   -  K. Bhagya Prakash

As India reels from its humiliation from the 333-run thrashing in the first Test against Australia, Virat Kohli and Co. are being put through their paces ahead of the second encounter at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, which begins on Saturday.

While practising at the nets, opener K. L. Rahul gave an insight as to what happens during a nets session. “First the coach prepares a team sheet describing which player will perform what skill at what time.

“We have three different nets for practice, with one for the fast bowlers and other one for the spinners. The third net is for individual players to practice any sort of skill where they wish to improve in guidance of our coaches, Sanjay Bangar and Raghu.” Rahul mentioned.

“We have three different nets for practice, with one for the fast bowlers and other one for the spinners. The third net is for individual players to practice any sort of skill where they wish to improve in guidance of our coaches, Sanjay Bangar and Raghu.” Rahul mentioned.

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“Both of them help the players to practice any particular skill with help of a stick like playing a short ball or a reverse swing delivery and also prepare us mentally to face the fast bowlers. Bangar keeps bowling on the right areas and lengths to give us a dummy for the real match situation.

“Basically in a net session we replicate of what we do in a match by keeping a picture of our opponent in mind and in place of that practising some fast bowling, left arm spin bowled by our bowlers.” said Rahul.

Decision-making

“This is the place where the players are trained to make a right decision regarding the situation of the match, learning to focus and concentrate and trusting your instincts when you are on the pitch. Every player takes net session seriously.

“If we have 3-4 days left for the match, we get to spend 10-12 minutes in nets practising our shots but just one day before the game we focus on the techniques and spend 7-8 minutes in a session.

“All of this is decided by our coaches who knows when to take the right call for each player.” Rahul explained ahead of India’s second Test which starts tomorrow at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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