Hyderabad: KL Rahul, who opened the innings along with Rohit Sharma after a long gap, had a good outing scoring 62 runs and adding 100 runs with skipper Virat Kohli that paved way for their victory in the first T20 match against West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Friday. He, however, added that he enjoyed the innings and was not thinking about the T20 World Cup next year.
“The World Cup is a long way. I got to bat at the top of the order after a couple of series and I am looking forward to make the best use of it. It was a good outing and I had a good hit out in the middle. I just want to continue the same thing and not worry about October next year. There are a lot of matches in between,” he said after the match.
When asked about the small period where they struggled to score boundaries, he said, “I can’t say the wicket was bad. Both team scored over 200. But it wasn’t the easiest wickets to bat on. When you are chasing 200 plus obviously you want to come out hard. We found it a bit difficult in the middle to hit boundaries. We knew that once we hit a few in the middle and get one or two boundaries it will start brining lot more boundaries. We just had to stay patient and we kept the intent going. The plans were clear that we have to hit boundaries. It was tricky. Once you are set, you have to make it count and fortunately Virat carried on.”
The 27-year-old Karnataka batsman is also of the opinion that the no-ball call by third umpire will make the match fair. “It (third umpire calling no-balls) was interesting. We didn’t’ know what to expect and fortunately we were on the right side. Two or three decisions were in our favour. I think it is good. It keeps the game fair,” he added.
Talking about dropped catches in the fielding, Rahul said, “I don’t’ think it is the dimensions or the size of the ground or other things are the reasons for the dropped catches. The lights are pretty low and sometimes you will lose the sight of the ball. We have played here before and we knew what to expect. We don’t complain about these things as we don’t control it. We know the lights were low and we try to practice accordingly but sometimes you still lose the ball.”
`Kohli is an animated character’
Meanwhile, West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard said that he was okay with Virat Kohli’s celebration imitating Kesrick Williams. “He is an animated character, a great batsman and he continues to show the world that he is a world class batsman. His theatrics or whatever, it comes as part and parcel of the game. Sometimes you have to be like that to pump yourself to score runs and so I am fine with it.”
He also added tthat there are a lot of positives despite the loss. He lauded the batsmen for going out and putting runs against good attack. “We batted pretty well. When you score 200 runs you will take that more often than not. Again, we made mistakes, 23 runs in extras, 15 of those wide deliveries. When you give those extra deliveries to a class team like India it will cost you.
“But you can’t look at negatives all the time life is about positives and positivity. It is about going forward. I must commend the batsmen for going out and executing the plan. The guys are back in runs, Brandon King scored some runs. There are exciting times for us. Things won’t change overnight. But we can improve gradually.”
Asked about his opinion on the no-ball rule, he said that he is not worried about the things that are not under his control. “It is what it is. I am not going to fight and fuss about it as we can’t control. What we can control is playing cricket on the field.”