KL Rahul has been on and off the team. He is giving the national selectors a headache as his performance has been consistent in T20 Internationals. Rahul has been picked as a replacement player but he has proven his worth with his fantastic batting skills.
In Wankhede on Wednesday night, Rahul scored 91 runs in 56 balls. It added to 135 runs for the first wicket in partnership with Rohit Sharma which led India to win by 67 runs against West Indies.
It led to him completing three half-centuries in the past T20 Internationals. Two of these were in a crunch game.
Rahul got into the XI because Shikhar Dhawan was not available due to his injuries. The 27 years old did not let this opportunity go and got the best out of it.
With his outstanding performance, there has been a debate on whether Dhawan should get an automatic spot in the T20 Internationals given his less prolific performance.
If a player is in and out of the game frequently like KL Rahul, it becomes difficult to get into a form and give a prolific performance. But this has not been the case with Rahul.
In an interview, he said that it is not easy being in and out of the game. One has to get used to the pressure and the opposition is always difficult so one cannot just go in and score runs. Cricket is all about rhythm and form, thus, Rahul said that whenever he is out.
He does not sit around but he practices. He tries and creates a match for himself.
He further said that he prepares as hard as he can and he hits the nets and practice for hours.
When he gets in, he pushes himself further to give his best performance. He philosophized that people think it is easier said than done and it is true. But it will be as easy as you make it.