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Rahul disappointed but maintains he’s doing a lot of things right

Rahul disappointed but maintains he’s doing a lot of things right

North Sound, Aug 25 (UNI) After getting his eye in only to get out again, India opener

KL Rahul admitted to feeling disappointed, but nevertheless said that he is happy with

a "lot of things I’m doing right".

Rahul was dismissed for 38 on Saturday, the third day of the first Test against West

Indies, having hung around for 29 overs and faced 85 balls to lay a foundation.

But, as has often been the case in a Test career that has not yet fully taken flight, he

fell before he could make the start count for something substantial. “Very disappointed,

but there are a lot of things I’m doing right,” Rahul said after play. “Just need to keep

my head down and show some patience."

“I just have to prolong the good things I’m doing till I get to 35-45. I’m batting well,

I looked comfortable in both the innings and my headspace is very good. Happy about

a lot of things,” he said.

Many of these downfalls for Rahul have been a consequence of poor shot selection,

and Saturday was no different. Having cracked off-spinner Roston Chase for a four

square of the wicket at the start of the 30th over, Rahul paid the price for over-ambition,

when he attempted a paddle sweep, after getting across his stumps next ball. In doing

so, he exposed all three of them and failed to connect with the shot, letting the ball hit

timber, an ICC report said.

It wasn't quite a prudent choice on the third day of a Test match, when batting conditions

are arguably at their most pristine. But Rahul said he was disappointed with the execution

and not the intent.

“Sometimes, when you plan a sweep or a paddle-sweep, there is a certain percentage

of premeditation. I had played the off-spinner for 5-6 overs and I knew the lines he was

bowling,” Rahul said.

“I was thinking about runs, and since I hit him for a boundary before the wicket-taking

ball, I knew he would try to bowl a better length, which would be easy for me to paddle. Unfortunately, I didn’t execute the shot really well,' Rahul said.

“Lot of things seem right when they come off. If they don’t, you can sit and dissect on

a lot of things. Unfortunately, it’s a battle he won,” he said.

Rahul also pinned his faith in the duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli, the Indian

captain, to haul the team to a match-winning total. The two batsmen stitched together

a century stand after coming together at 81/3. By stumps, they had taken India to a

comfortable lead of 260 and Rahul backed them to build on that.

“Eighty for three doesn’t look that good on the scoreboard, so it was important that

Ajinkya and Virat stitched a partnership,” he said. “The spell from Roach was really

good, and Windies put some pressure on us. They (Kohli and Rahane) stayed patient

and played the little spell out, and later the runs came on."

“We know they’re really good batsmen and are really skilled. Once they’re set, they

will get a lot of runs and that’s what they did. Hopefully, tomorrow they come out and

continue for a longer time,” Rahul added.

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