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I Know The Mistakes, I’ve Made Says Disappointed KL Rahul

“As an opening batsmen to get the first 25-30 runs is the hardest time.”

Team India carried on its sensational run in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 by recording a brilliant 125-run victory over the Windies at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester on Thursday. Although the Virat Kohli-led side is unbeaten so far in the tournament, but still there are some concerns which will be putting the team management under slight doubts. The main issue got under after the injury to Shikhar Dhawan earlier in the tournament.

As a result, at the centre of focus has been KL Rahul who has managed scores of 57, 30 and 48 in his three outings as an opener. On first look, they are not bad returns but it doesn't fully fulfill a top-heavy India's requirements from their opener, which forms a big part of their winning mantra in ODIs. The focus on his scores has been higher than before after India posted 224 and 268 batting first against Afghanistan and West Indies. Both scores were defended successfully, and Rahul believes that there is still a lot to take out from these games for the batting unit.

I can learn from mistakes

"A bit disappointing," he said after their game against West Indies. "After doing the hard work and after getting through the first 10 overs or 15 overs... or as an opening batsmen to get the first 25-30 runs is the hardest time. And to do that, and when the time comes to accelerate and maybe take the game deeper so our lower order can come in and play freely... we know when they come after the 35th over or at the 40, they can do maximum damage.”

"So it's important that we do that and that's the plan, that's the role of the top three, top four. So a bit disappointed that I haven't been able to do that. But again, I will sit and assess, but it won't worry me that much because there are a lot of things I'm doing right, and I know that the mistakes I've made, I can learn from them and get better," he added.

About the Old Trafford game against West Indies, Rahul said, "After the first 10 overs, the check we had in the middle, me and Rohit and then me and Virat, we assessed. And the message we sent into the dressing room was the same thing, that this is not a 300-330 wicket; it's a 260-270 wicket. We need to keep that in mind and try to play that way.”