If someone wants to understand the importance of one run than one should consider consulting with India's KL Rahul, who got dismissed on 199 during the final Test against England.
Recently, during a conversation with the Mumbai Mirror, the Karnataka batsman expressed his desires which got unfulfilled that day. He said, “More than missing that one run, I was really upset that I missed out on capitalizing and scoring quick runs the next morning. The plan wasn’t just 200, but to get something even bigger. My plan was to break 319 (the highest ever score by an Indian in Test cricket – Virender Sehwag).”
However, he got successful in impressing his coaches for his valuable knock. Rahul elaborated, “My coaches (Sanjay Bangar and Anil Kumble) said when I play next time, I will be more hungry to score 200, so it’s a good sign for the team. Perhaps, if I had scored a double hundred I don’t think I would be as hungry as I could be when I go out to bat the next time."
Rahul went on to talk about this favorite knock in his not-so-big international career, he said, “It’s very hard to choose. But yes, the 199 against England is very recent—I went in with a plan and stuck to my game. I didn’t change too much. I was disciplined and I was in the perfect zone. Also, the T20 hundred in the USA—I’m really happy with how I played and went about the innings. If I have to choose, I will choose these two knocks."
India will be hosting Australia in a four-match Test series later next month. Rahul has already started to plan for that series and he reckons that Mitchell Starc can be the toughest bowler for Indian bowlers to play. He concluded, “I haven’t been intimidated by anyone, but Mitchell Starc is the toughest bowler I have faced so far. He bowls at serious pace and has great control over his deliveries. We will be facing him very soon. I’m looking forward to the challenge of facing him. I will enjoy playing him. The tougher the challenge, the more I enjoy batting."