KL Rahul: Read the game better, know how to build my innings

Rahul is enjoying a purple patch having hit two hundreds and three half-centuries in the ODIs, besides racking up three more fifty-plus scores in T20s in 2019.

Rahul, who scored 45 off 32 balls, credited the bowlers for restricting the visitor to a below-par score.   -  K. R. DEEPAK

India opener K.L. Rahul feels he has got “a lot better” at reading the game and building his innings, the secret to his consistent performance in the white-ball formats.

Rahul is enjoying a good run in limited-overs cricket having hit two hundreds and three half-centuries in the ODIs, besides racking up three more fifty-plus scores in T20s in 2019.

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“I’ve just been getting runs and the reading of the game has gotten a lot better and knowing how to build my innings again,” Rahul said after India’s victory over Sri Lanka in the second T20 here.

“I felt that was lacking and I always knew I had the game to get the runs and it was just a matter of spending time in the middle. Happy to carry on the same way,” Rahul added.

Chasing 143, India defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the second T20 on Tuesday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Rahul, who scored 45 off 32 balls, credited the bowlers for restricting the visitor to a below-par score.

“It was a smaller target and my plans were simple which is to spend some time in the middle. Our bowlers bowled well and anything around 170 on this wicket would have been par. A lot of credit must go to the bowlers.”

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In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Rahul partnered with Shikhar Dhawan to put on a 71-run opening stand and the 27-year-old said he enjoys batting with both his senior opening partners.

“We all go out there with a simple plan which is to win the game for your country. He (Rohit) makes it look so easy and I’ve always batted with Shikhar especially at the start of my Test career and we understand each other well. I just enjoy batting with both of them,” Rahul said.