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India vs South Africa: Tour to South Africa Was a Good Learning Experience for Me, Says KL Rahul

Cricketnext | Updated: February 12, 2018, 12:14 PM IST
India vs South Africa: Tour to South Africa Was a Good Learning Experience for Me, Says KL Rahul

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New Delhi: India opener KL Rahul did not have a great run in the recently concluded Test series against South Africa, and could only score 30 runs from the four innings that he featured in. Even though he was chosen over Shikhar Dhawan for the second and third Test, the right-hand batsman could not deliver.

But even after having a quiet series with the bat, Rahul is not worried about his form, and is taking it as a learning. In an interview with Times of India, Rahul said, “I’ve always looked at the positive side. When you are playing sport you know you will have more bad days than good days. You need to take things in your stride and try to learn something new and improve every day.”

The batsman who is playing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy currently feels that he needs to spend some time in the middle. “You learn as you play. Ups and downs are part of your career. This is not exactly a down. I am playing well but not able to convert. I am not able to spend more time in the middle. I will find the answer soon. Maybe it takes just one good innings to get the conversion rate better. It doesn’t have to be a 150 but even a 50 can help me. I’ve been working hard on my fitness and game,” he said.

Talking about the challenges he faced in South Africa, Rahul said, “South Africa was a whole new challenge. We expected pace and bounce. I didn’t think there would be so much seam movement. The seam movement with pace and bounce was new. It’s a deadly combination and you don’t want to be an opener when all these things are happening. But it was a good learning experience for me. I know what I need to tweak in my game and where I stand, when it comes to my skill.”

To add to his problems, he hasn't had a great Vijay Hazare Trophy too, scoring just 25 runs in the last two outings. “I would have liked to spend more time in the middle. I did get a decent hit in the second match. I will play another match on Sunday and then train for a couple of days before I leave,” he said.

The Karnataka batsman though wants to return to South Africa, and be a part of the T20 side. “I was there for a month and I didn’t do too much in the Test series, so I’m looking forward to going there and getting some runs.”
First Published: February 11, 2018, 4:47 PM IST
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