Became a selfish player after my suspenion following Koffee with Karan controversy: KL Rahul

KL Rahul, who was the 1st guest on the 2nd season of India Today Inspiration said he had failed on his return to the Indian cricket team following the suspension because he was focused only on individual performance.

India wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul (Reuters Photo)

India wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • KL Rahul was the 1st guest on the 2nd season of India Today Inspiration
  • Rahul opened up on change in his mindset after his his suspension by BCCI
  • Rahul said he now dedicates all his energy in becoming better team player

India wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul admitted that he was tempted to prove himself and started focusing on his individual scores when he made a comeback post his suspension by the BCCI following controversial remarks on a reality show.

The BCCI had suspended KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya over their controversial comments during an appearance on a popular television show, Koffee With Karan. The duo was sent home mid-way during India’s tour of Australia (in January last year) and was also barred from the ODIs and limited-overs tour to New Zealand.

KL Rahul, who was the guest on the 1st episode of the 2nd season of India Today Inspiration said he had failed on his return to the Indian cricket team following the suspension because he was focused only on individual performance.

“A lot of credit for my consistent performance goes to how differently I started thinking after 2019. with this suspension and with all that happened I was tempted or I was in a way wanted to be selfish and play for myself and I failed when I started focusing on myself and individual scores. So I told myself I need to go out and do what the team wants me to do,” KL Rahul said.

However, KL Rahul’s white-ball form was just too hard to ignore in late 2019 and early this year before the Covid-19 crisis led to the suspension of all cricketing activities. From playing at No. 5 to opening the innings and wicketkeeping for the side, KL Rahul proved himself at every batting position he was asked to bat and in every department.

The Karnataka batsman said the reason for his consistent performance was the change in his mindset.

“We all know our careers are not too long and I realized after 2019 that I probably have good 12 or 11 years left in me and I need to dedicate all my time and energy towards becoming a player and team man so that mind-shift really helped and took a lot of pressure of me when I started focusing on wanting to do better for the team and be part of champion teams and make a difference in the game.”

Since taking over as India’s white-ball keeper (replacing Rishabh Pant), KL Rahul has scored 303 runs in five innings at an average of 75.75 and a strike rate of 114.77 in ODIs.

Opening the batting in T20Is, the right-handed batsman has scored 224 runs at an average of 56.00 and a strike rate of 144.51.

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