KL Rahul gears up again for batting practice right after India won the match
Rahul failed in the first innings and got a start in the second essay at Adelaide.
Updated - Dec 10, 2018 2:25 pm
Practice makes a man perfect they said, well said. KL Rahul has been struggling for form in overseas Tests this year. He has managed to score just one 50+ score, this year in overseas Tests and it is clear that he wants to improve that record. He was out in his gear for batting practice few minutes after the conclusion of the first Test between India and Australia at Adelaide.
It was a very close Test match, and at one stage, Australia looked in a position to steal the match. They just needed 32 runs to win with the last pair on the crease. Josh Hazelwood tried to drive the ball against Ravichandran Ashwin but he just managed to edge it. KL Rahul who has been the safest pair of hands for Team India in the slips made no mistake in grabbing the catch as India won by 31 runs.
This is their first Test win in Australia since 2008 when they won at Perth. It is also the first time, India has managed to win the first Test of a series in Australia. It was an important win and the celebrations by the players showed how much it meant to them.
KL Rahul getting ready for rest of the series
While this is a historic win, the series has just started and the goal is to win the series. Rahul recognizes that, so after the euphoria of victory he was preparing for the challenges ahead. The opener is certainly not satisfied with just a Test win and wants to make a bigger contribution to the team. When Prithvi Shaw recovers from his injury he will command a spot in the XI unless Rahul and Murali Vijay both produce match-defining efforts at Perth.
The Karnataka player got out cheaply in the first innings of this game. While he gave a good start to India in the second innings but threw away his wicket when he was looking good. He now needs to convert these starts into big scores if he wants to cement his position in the Indian team. If Rahul manages to do that given the talent he possesses, it would be beneficial to the Indian team in their quest to register a series win in Australia.