London [UK], Aug 14 (ANI): India’s opening batsman KL Rahul has said he was disappointed to be kicked off the testing team two years ago but had no one to blame as his performance was below par.
Rahul struck a ton in the ongoing Lord’s Test against England on Thursday, but pacemaker Ollie Robinson removed the Indian opener from the second ball on matchday two on Friday.
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“It’s very special. Not because it was a 100 at Lord’s. It adds to the joy and excitement, I haven’t been to Test Cricket for a few years. I grew up wanting to be Test Cricket and The generation I grew up in, my dad loves test cricket and my coaches always wanted me to do well in the format, “Rahul Rohit Sharma said in a video posted on bcci.tv.
“Test Cricket is very close to my heart. It was disappointing to be dropped by Test Cricket, it hurt, but I couldn’t blame anyone. I was just waiting for my opportunity the way it came, I think it should be. I just enjoyed my hitting, getting a 100 on Lord’s makes it even more special, “he added.
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Talking about what has changed in his process of hitting in the longest format, Rahul said, “Before I was dropped, I played in different conditions and there were many takeaways. I felt my head was very cluttered “I had two shots for every ball, I always thought run, run and run.”
“This time I’m just trying to play the ball and not go for a run. It’s a conscious effort for me, the processes stay the same. I’m glad that it helped me. I don’t carry the luggage, but you need” that hurts because that will take you the extra mile, “he added.
While praising Rahul’s tapping, Rohit said, “It’s something I’ve never seen before, that level of serenity and that level of calm and that kind of reassurance when you hit game especially in these conditions.”
Rahul received a rousing welcome on Thursday when he returned to the locker room on opening day after a brilliant century.
The English skipper Joe Root beats steadily with 48 * as the hosts went to stumps at 119/3. Earlier in the day India was knocked out for 364 after the visitors scored 88 runs and lost seven wickets on Friday. (ANI)
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