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"I have to be grateful for the runs I have got. I have 199 reasons to smile" - KL Rahul

By Sahil Mehan -

KL Rahul, one of young guns in Team India, who made his mark in 2016, after making a debut in Test cricket in Australia in 2014. Back in the tour downunder in 2014, KL Rahul scored his first Test hundred. However, despite his hundred against Australia in Australia, Rahul had to return to domestic cricket, as Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan became regulars in the playing XI. In 2016, after the hectic schedule of limited over cricket, Rahul got his opportunity during Caribbean Tour, but, he still wasn't the first preference as Vijay and Dhawan were picked ahead of him but soon in Test second Test he got his chance and he grabbed the chance with both hands and since then he hasn't looked back. 

As the season progressed, KL Rahul injured himself not once but Twice and in first match of his comeback, he failed miserably and was out on nought, but in Chennai, he seemed determined to prove his critics wrong, and he succeed as he played brilliant innings and looked well on course for his maiden Test double century before he had a brain freeze batting on 199. 

Speaking exclusively to India Today, Rahul reflecting back on his innings of 199, he said, “Look it’s a funny game. I came back to playing Test cricket and got out for zero and people thought I was not the same guy,”

He further added, “It was a tough time for me. I have to be grateful for the runs I have got. I have 199 reasons to smile. I was just one run away from getting a double hundred. That’s the way the game goes. You don’t always get what you want,”

Speaking on the brain freeze he had on 199, Rahul reckons, "I am happy that the 199 helped the team register one of the best victories we have had in last 14 months. There was not a lot in the wicket. We were thinking runs first four days. We wanted to win but did not know how we would do it. We wanted to fight it out. That’s the thing about this team. I rate the Chennai win right at top of the list,” 

Speaking on what's next on his mind, Rahul added, "You learn from these mistakes. I am happy from the learning. The next time I go out to bat I will try to break Karun or Sehwag’s record,”

Applauding Karun Nair's effort, Rahul concluded, “Karun has set a very high benchmark in the team for us with his 300. His first hundred is a big one. Good to have such competition in the team,” he concluded.

Sahil Mehan

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