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India vs Pakistan | Will Give Myself Six on Ten: Rahul

Karthik Lakshmanan |June 17, 2019, 10:03 AM IST
India vs Pakistan | Will Give Myself Six on Ten: Rahul

Manchester: After batting in the middle order in the first two games, KL Rahul was back to his preferred opening spot for India's match against Pakistan in Manchester. It was a big occasion, and the task got tougher once India lost the toss and were asked to bat first in overcast conditions.

Mohammad Amir got the ball to talk in a first spell of 4-1-8-0, but Rahul fought through the phase. It was Rahul who faced the bulk of Amir's probing spell, playing 19 balls from the left-arm pacer. Rahul eventually scored a steady 78-ball 57 in a 136-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma.

"For an opening batsman the first few overs are obviously the most difficult time because you don't know what to expect from the wicket or you don't know what the ball is going to do in the air and off of the seam," Rahul said. "So the first few overs are obviously difficult but once we got through the first few overs then we felt a lot comfortable. For an opening batsman it's important to hit a few balls in the middle of the bat, get a few boundaries going and then you start to focus on the game and all the pressure or the hype of India-Pakistan or World Cup stage everything just goes away from your head.

"We didn’t know what to expect from the wicket, because the wicket was under covers for the last few days. It was important that we saw (through) the first spell. Amir is a quality bowler. We knew we had to focus from ball 1 because he has done damage in the first over previously as well. It’s important that we were switched on from ball 1, which we were. We didn’t give too many chances in the first few overs. We just got used to the wicket, gave the bowlers and the ball the respect that it demanded. From there, we carried on."

Rahul was happy to have got the chance after waiting behind Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan for a long time, and rated his performance 'six on ten'.

"Obviously, Shikhar and Rohit have, in the last three or four years, they’ve been such a dangerous combo," Rahul said. "Their partnerships have, if you see anywhere in the world, they’ve played so well for the country and they’ve been No.1 and 2, and they’ve owned those positions. So had to wait for my chance, and I’m just happy that I got to bat in the top three.

"It's my first international game against Pakistan and it has come in a World Cup so I couldn't ask for anything bigger or better and now an opportunity like this to go out there and perform for your country for your team just gives you immense confidence. As a kid or as a young cricketer growing up this is what you dream to do and I'm really happy that I got the opportunity and yeah I mean I give myself six out of 10 and hopefully I carry on the confidence and get better."

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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