Indian opener KL Rahul has smashed five half-centuries in the six innings he had played in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia. He feels that the spell of by Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in the first session on the second day was the toughest he has ever faced in his two-year career.
After the end of day’s play on Day 2, Rahul said, “The First session was the toughest session I have faced in Test cricket so far. Hazlewood and Cummins put the ball in the right areas and swung the ball, bowled with a lot of pace and venom.”
In the first session on Day 2, Cummins and Hazlewood have restricted the Indian team to just 64 runs in 28 overs. Rahul was dropped on 10 by Matt Renshaw at the first slip on the bowling of Cummins. He went on to make fifty and shared a partnership of 87 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara (57) for the second wicket.
Talking about his dismissal Rahul said, “Intent was right but the execution was horrible. But having batted out there in the middle for a long time, I thought I could have taken him on as there were no fielders at the back.”
He further added, “However, it has not been the worst series for me. I got starts and enjoyed batting in the middle. A little disappointed I have not been able to convert the starts and get big runs for the team. Australia’s bowlers haven’t made it easy. They have challenged us in all the games.”
Speaking about the Dharamsala wicket, Rahul said. “There’s something in it for the spinners and fast bowlers as well. The ball kept swinging the whole day. If you spend some time out there in the middle, it’s really good to bat. It has been a fantastic cricket wicket.”
India’s regular captain Virat Kohli was ruled out from the final Test due to a shoulder injury and this is the first Test he has missed due to a fitness issue since his debut in 2011. Rahul had played his first test without Kohli in it and when asked if he had missed Kohli in this match, Rahul replied, “We are missing Kohli. He’s been a huge influence on everybody in the team. He always sets great examples for us and he leads from the front. His aggression and energy are obviously something that would have been really good for us.”