KL Rahul frustrated with himself even after scoring seven consecutive half centuries
While Rahul is yet to find out the reason behind his dismissals between the 50 and the 100 run mark, he said that it is not because of pressure.
by Soham Author
Published - Aug 13, 2017 12:31 pm | Updated - Aug 13, 2017 12:31 pm
Indian oper KL Rahul played a gutsy 85 run knock in the first inning of the third Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. It was a prestigious moment for the batsman as he equalled the world record of 7 consecutive half centuries in Test cricket. However, the lanky right hander does not seem too happy about it. Speaking about the same, Rahul made it clear that he is disappointed with himself instead of being happy.
According to the 25-year-old, there is no doubt over the fact that it is an achievement to be proud of, but the failure to convert it into a bigger score is what which has left him frustrated. Having said that, Rahul mentioned that he is happy that he is making effective contributions to the team and giving them a good start every time.
What Rahul said:
“I would rather talk when I reach a hundred. I came to know about the record (7 consecutive fifties), but it’s not great to hold such records. But getting a fifty is better than getting out for zero, however, it’s disappointing on an individual level, but the team needs a good start and I am happy with my contributions in that regard,” said Rahul.
While Rahul is yet to find out the reason behind his dismissals between the 50 and the 100 run mark, he said that it is not because of pressure. However, the batsman intends to work on the matter and fix the loopholes.
“There are no nerves, but I haven’t figured out why I keep getting dismissed in the way I have, I have spoken a lot with the team management and will need to do better in that regard,” he added.
Rahul joined a list of iconic individuals when he played an 85 run inning on the first day’s play of the third Test. The other players to do it previously are Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara, Everton Weekes, Chris Rogers and Andy Flower. Rahul now has a fair chance to create history if he can slam an 8th successive one in the second inning.
Gundappa Viswanath and the legendary Rahul Dravid had scored 6 successive fifties in their career but are now behind the in form KL Rahul. Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar and Navjot Sidhu are the players who have scored 5.