tough conditions where pitches were slow and challenged the batsmen. He explains he would have been more satisfied if he made bigger scores. Even in the domestic season and the IPL, he showed an ability of playing in the shorter formats too.
“The happiest thing was to be part of the IPL. It cleared doubts that I could be part of the shortest format. I learned lot from Virat (Kohli) and AB (de Villiers). They told me that was important to enjoy the game. Earlier, I used to think a lot about my batting, but now it has changed,” Rahul says.
As the tournament ended, Rahul’s scores of 93 not-out, 43, 51, 88 and 46 showcased his form. He was most relieved about beating Pakistan in the final as he still remembers the time the India Under-19 World Cup team he was part of had lost to their arch-rivals in New Zealand.
“That memory is still fresh. I had told myself that if any opportunity arose against Pakistan, I would take it. Thankfully, things worked out for me,” he said.
Before leaving for Singapore, Rahul had spoken to Dravid who had told him to go with an open mind and play as per his instinct. Like Dravid, Rahul too works hard and has the stamp of a player meant for the longer format. He is aware the fact that the only way to establish himself back home is thorugh the grind of domestic cricket. He is ready to face challenges thrown at him and like Dravid, take the long route for success.
BRIEF SCORES: PAK U-23 159 all out in 47 overs (U Waheed 41; B Aparijith 3/28, S Yadav 2/20) lost to IND U-23 160/1 in 33.4 overs (K Rahul 93, M Juneja 51; R Hasan 1/41)