Ever since KL Rahul returned from a long break of three months, the opening batter has looked rusty. The 30-year-old who is known for his batting prowess did not look in the best touch at the Asia Cup 2022 as he registered scores of 0, 36, 28, 6 and 62. Rahul was criticized badly for his defensive batting approach and low strike rate.
Now, Rahul has hit back at critics by saying that no one is perfect. The opening batter also assured that he is working on it and will improve in due course. Rahul further said that such talks do not bother him much as he has the backing of his captain and coach. The opening batter credited the team management for creating an environment where players feel secure.
"Look no one is perfect. No one in that dressing room is perfect. Everyone is working towards something. Everyone has a certain role to do. Obviously, the strike rates are taken on an overall base. You will never see when a batter played a certain strike rate. It is something that I am working at. The roles that I have been defined ...... in the last 10 or 12 months I have been very clear on what everyone expects from the player, and everyone is working towards it," Rahul was quoted saying by ANI.
"There can be criticism for many things. But the most important thing for a player is that what his captain, coach and teammates think of him in the dressing room. Only we know what role is expected of each player. Everyone is trying to give their best, but not everyone can succeed in each game. It is the kind of environment we have created where players are not scared to commit mistakes or fail... I am working towards how I can improve as an opening batter and give more impact to the team," he added.
The vice-captain also cleared the air on having both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik on the team. Rahul said that it’s a tough decision but it depends on the conditions and opponent the team is playing against. "Look it really depends on what kind of combinations are we playing. It totally depends on the surface that we are going to play at and the teams we are playing against. These decisions are not easy to make," he said.