India’s Rahul seeks second innings redemption
DHARAMSALA (India): India opener Lokesh Rahul is determined to make amends in the second innings after failing to convert a 50 into a century for the fifth time in the ongoing series against Australia.
After making his Test debut in late 2014, Rahul converted his first three 50s into hundreds and went on to cement his place at the top of the order.
His elegant 60 yesterday, however, was his fifth failure in the current four-Test series to reach triple figures after passing the half-century mark.
“Not regretting anything, but a little disappointed that I haven’t been able to convert the starts into big runs for my team,” the opener said after India reached 248-6 in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 300.
“As an opening batsman, it’s my responsibility to spend as much time in the middle as I can and try and get big scores in the first innings, so that we don’t have to bat in the second innings.”
Among his compatriots, only Cheteshwar Pujara (405) has scored more runs than Rahul (342) in the series, and the opener reckoned a fifth Test century might not be too far away.
“I thoroughly enjoyed batting (in this series). Hopefully, one more good knock and the second innings might be the time.”
Rahul hit nine boundaries and a six before falling to Pat Cummins, who bowled with considerable hostility in the morning. Rahul said it was the toughest session he had endured in his career.
“Horrible execution for sure,” the batsman said of his dismissal. “The intent was right… (It) Did not go my way, but maybe in the second innings, I can get him away. I will go out with positive intent in the second innings.”
With regular skipper Virat Kohli missing the match with a shoulder injury, Rahul said it was important others stepped up and performed.
“We need to learn to put our hands up and take the pressure and the responsibility. This game is a good opportunity for the rest of the guys to stand up and be counted.” – Reuters