KL Rahul reveals his preferred batting position: Indian batsman was vocal about about his batting number for 2019 Cricket World Cup.
India batsman Lokesh Rahul scoring a century against Bangladesh in the warm-up match yesterday came as a pleasing sight for the Indian fans. Other than watching Rahul bat well at the highest level, fans also declared him as India’s No. 4 batsman for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
After playing on for 6 against New Zealand in the first match, Rahul made optimum use of the opportunity to bat at No. 4 yesterday at Cardiff. Having scored 118 (99) with the help of 12 fours and four sixes, Rahul provided an answer which the Indian team has been seeking the last World Cup.
“I got a hundred so I would love to come back here [Sophia Gardens]. There was a bit of movement, in the first 20 or 30 overs. There was a little bit for fast bowlers. Wicket played beautifully. It was good to be out there in the middle and get used to the format and spend some time,” Rahul was quoted as saying during the post-match press conference.
“IPL gave me a lot of confidence…”
Coming on the back of a disappointing 2018 in Test cricket, Rahul found himself in the midst of a massive controversy earlier this year. The 27-year old cricketer has left all of that behind especially after scoring 593 runs in 14 IPL matches at an average of 53.90 and a strike rate of 135.38 including one century and six half-centuries.
“What’s gone is gone and the focus is always on cricket. I am really happy with how I have managed to bounce back. IPL gave me a lot of confidence and really happy that I could carry that confidence here today.
In terms of pure talent there was never any doubt about who India’s number four should be: KL Rahul is clearly the best of the lot; this innings is yet again underlining that. For him the challenge is about converting that ability into consistent performances. #CWC19
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) May 28, 2019
“I spend some time with friends and family. It was important as I have been on the road for a long time. Given the situation, that’s not how I would have liked to get some time off but anyway I tried to make the best use of it,” Rahul said.
KL Rahul reveals his preferred batting position
Being asked about his preferred batting position during the World Cup, Rahul didn’t name a particular number but sounded ready to take up any role in the showpiece event.
“Every batsman, who has played at this level knows how to handle pressure and responsibility given to him. It’s a team game where everybody is prepared for the last couple of years so that any role can be given, come a big game. So all of us have prepared in that way and nothing that is given to any individual will come off as a surprise,” Rahul added.