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You have to expect the unexpected, says KL Rahul after India’s defeat | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: KL Rahul played a lone hand by scoring 73 in India’s poor batting performance in the first ODI against Bangladesh. The batter was also given the responsibility to don the keeping gloves after Rishabh Pant was released from the ODI series on medical team’s advice.
But Rahul, who has sporadically kept wickets, dropped the aerial catch of Mehidy Hasan Miraj when Bangladesh were 32 runs away from the victory but the 10th wicket partnership between Mehidy and Mustafizur Rahman helped the hosts pull off a sensational one wicket victory.
Rahul didn’t feel that either batters or bowlers should be held responsible for this defeat.
“That’s cricket right. You have to expect the unexpected. As long as cricket has been played, these kind of things keep happening. They fought very well till the end and the couple of dropped catches and that innings from Mehidy.”
He was personally satisfied after scoring runs on a tricky wicket.
“One of those days where it looked like I was timing the ball better (than others). The shots I picked fortunately went to boundary, every option that I picked went my way,” he said.
“Such innings give you joy as a batter as you are challenged and you put your hand up when the team requires. Ideally, we should have got 40 runs more. I did fancy 230-240 if I batted till the end or even if I could have batted till the 40th over.”
Rahul also revealed that the Indian team management, headed by Rahul Dravid, has asked him to be “ready to keep wickets and bat in middle-order” in ODIs going ahead.
This was after Rishabh Pant was rested from the ODI series on medical team’s advice.
“We haven’t played a lot of ODIs in the last 8-9 months but if you look at 2020-21, I have kept wickets, and I have batted at Nos 4 and 5. This is the role that team has asked me to be ready for in white ball cricket as I have done it before,” Rahul curtly replied when asked about Pant’s absence.
Rahul, who by virtue of being vice-captain, is a part of the team management, however didn’t clarify whether Pant was rested because of workload management or due to some niggle.
“When it comes to Rishabh, I am not sure to be honest, just found today that he is going to be released. What the reasons are, medical team will be in a better situation to answer those questions.
(With PTI Inputs)





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