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KL Rahul feels confident of getting his spot back in the Indian side

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo Source: AFP)

Following an injury, Indian opener KL Rahul has clawed his way back into the grand scheme of things with some impressive performances under his belt in the Ranji Trophy. The 24-year old, who suffered a hamstring injury in the recently-concluded series against New Zealand made a comeback in the encounter against Assam in the group stages of the Ranji Trophy.

The opener, who has been compared to his fellow statesman Rahul Dravid in recent times has stated that he has one eye on making a comeback into the grand scheme of things as far as the Indian cricket team is concerned. Rahul also went on to add that playing a few matches has helped him make up for lost time in terms of getting some momentum back with the bat and sweating it out when it comes to being able to perform in the middle.

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“I’m feeling good. It’s important to get some match practice. You can spend a lot of time in the gym, doing your rehab and training but you are never fully healed until you play a few games. That way, this game has helped me in gaining some confidence and get some time out in the middle. I’m happy with the way I batted. Even when I was fielding, I could move well and get back to being quick and agile.”

Rahul also went on to add that the nets sessions have helped him gain some momentum so to speak. “I did spend a lot of time in the nets. This injury didn’t stop me from batting. I just want to continue to bat the same way I batted here. Hopefully , I can bat the same way when I’m back in the Indian team.”

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“This team feels like home because these are the boys who helped me get to where I am. We have been such a tight team. We have worked together right from our junior cricket days and trained hard to become what we are today. Most of us are playing in the IPL and everybody is in the reckoning for the country and guys are doing well in the Duleep Trophy. Whatever chances are given, the boys have made the most of it. It’s nice to come back and play a couple of games with them.”

Finally, Rahul also went on to add that he did not want to dwell on what happened the previous year with the bat. “We want to forget what happened last year. It was important for the team to realize it cannot become complacent. We have to get back to working together as a team. It’s good to see that we have bounced back fast. It was just one bad year and we have realized our mistakes. The guys are hungry for success again.

“Hopefully everyone can contribute equally like they’ve done. We are sitting comfortably at the top. We don’t want to slack like last time. We want to continue with the same form and grow from strength to strength and win more matches.”

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