New Delhi: India vice-captain KL Rahul has to face a lot of criticism for his strike rate and has opened up about the matter.
While at the press conference ahead of the 1st T20I against Australia, Rahul said, “Look, obviously it’s something that every player wants to work on. Nobody’s perfect, everybody’s working on something, obviously the rates of strike are taken as a whole. You never see when a batsman has bowled at a certain strike rate, whether it was important to play for him to bowl at 200 strike rate, or whether the team could still have won with him bowling at 120- 130. These are the things that no one analyzes”.
“Yes, it’s something I’m working on, the roles that have been defined for each player in the last 10-12 months have been very clear, everyone is working on it. And I’m just working on improving myself as an opening batsman and how I can make an impact for my team whenever I come out to bat,” he added.
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“There can be criticism for many things. But the most important thing for a player is what his captain, coach and colleagues in the dressing room think of him. Only we know what role is expected of each player. Everyone is trying to do their best, but not everyone can succeed in every game. It’s the kind of environment we’ve created where players aren’t afraid to make mistakes or fail.”
“Anyone can criticize, but we criticize ourselves more than any of you because we are representing our country, you want to win matches for your country and we want to win the World Cup. All these things are in our mind, if we don’t do it right, it also hurts us. What happens in our group, that’s the important thing. The captain and the coach are always encouraging the players, not only when they are doing well but also when they are going through a tough time which is what a player wants to see, which is what any individual would want to see, some support , a little care when someone is down”, he concluded.
India squad for Australia series: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh pants, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik PandyaR. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.