After losing his wicket for 38 runs in the second innings against West Indies, India opener batsman KL Rahul is disappointed with his performance but said will show patience and improve his game.
“Obviously, I am very disappointed but there are a lot of things I am doing right so I just have to keep my head down and show some more patience,” Rahul told the media at the end of Day 3 of the first Test.
Rahul though feels he has been batting well. “I just have to prolong the good things that I am doing until I get to 35 and 45. I have been batting well and look comfortable in both the innings. Headspace and everything is very good so I am happy about a lot of things,” the opener expressed.
“If I can keep patience and keep batting the way I do in the first 60-80 balls till 200-250 balls, then it will benefit me and the team and I am looking to do that in the next match,” Rahul added.
Rahul’s cameo innings was cut short by Roston Chase while the former was trying for a sweep shot and in the process of that exposed his stumps. The ball stuck the sticks as Rahul failed to connect it.
Talking about the match so far, after bowling out West Indies for 222 in their first innings, Indian openers — Rahul and Mayank Agarwal could add only 30 runs for the opening wicket and the visitors were in trouble at one stage after losing three wickets for 81 runs. However, skipper Virat Kohli (51 not out) and deputy Ajinkya Rahane (53 not out) shared an unbeaten 104-run partnership for the third wicket and ensured India a 260-run lead by stumps on Day 3.
Brief scores: India 297 & 185 for 3 (Ajinkya Rahane 53 not out, Virat Kohli 51 not out; Roston Chase 2/69) vs West Indies 222 all out.
(With inputs from IANS)