We were just five-six over short of victory in Kolkata, says KL Rahul
New Delhi: Staff India opener KL Rahul impressed throughout his second innings, scoring 79, in opposition to Sri Lanka within the first Take a look at on the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday. The best-handed batsman dismissed for a duck within the rain-marred first innings, wished each groups had 5 days of cricket.
“These are the form of matches you stay up for. We may have made a match out of it if we had 5 or 6 overs extra. It is a good expertise for all of us. I do not suppose I performed a recreation like this personally shortened and rain-curtailed however goes all the way down to the wire. It was very thrilling,” Rahul mentioned on the post-match media convention.
Rahul rued the truth that on a pitch just like the one on provide for the primary Take a look at, full 5 days of cricket was not doable as a result of inclement climate.
“It was completely an thrilling recreation. On a wicket like this, it could have been nice if we had have 5 days of cricket,” Rahul mentioned on the post-match information convention as greater than 9 hours of play was misplaced.
However Bhuvneshwar’s incisive bowling made it troublesome to for Sri Lanka as India sniffed a win within the ultimate session earlier than unhealthy gentle got here to the customer’s rescue as each groups head to Nagpur for the second of the three-Take a look at sequence starting November 24.
“This wicket had one thing for pacers on all days. In the direction of the top, yesterday cracks opened up a bit extra, so there was extra seam motion. A variety of swings was on provide throughout first two days due to the dampness,” Rahul reasoned for the primary innings debacle the place India have been all out for 172.
Rahul reckoned that had Sri Lanka batted first on this type of a observe, the state of affairs would have been utterly totally different.
“It could have been a totally totally different state of affairs in the event that they batted first however that is the way it goes. We loved the problem batting first and it was a great expertise for all of us,” he mentioned.
Rahul was all reward for Suranga Lakmal, who received seven wickets within the match.
“Lakmal bowled very well and there was assist for pacers. Our bowlers produced some beauties within the first innings. We beat the bat rather a lot however they have been fortunate as not one of the edges carried or went at hand. I did not suppose the primary Take a look at can be so shut to 2 rain-interrupted days.”
Rahul praised his teammates for making a match out of it after being 17 for three on the primary day.
“We performed very well to return again from how we began… We have been 17/three and to return out of it and make a recreation was commendable, it speaks volumes concerning the group and the way we advanced. Bowlers did the job batsmen performed very well. It could have been good to win however now we have two extra Exams we might stay up for that,” the Karnataka batsman mentioned.
The Sri Lankans have been seen engaged in a time-wasting techniques as physio was approaching to the bottom on just a few events whereas Niroshan Dickwella was coming off his crease whereas Mohammed Shami was bowling that led to a heated alternate.
Terming it a tough affair, Rahul didn’t blame their rivals and mentioned they’d have carried out the identical below an analogous circumstance.
“That is how the sport is performed. No person needs to lose the sport. These are methods of the commerce and are utilized by each group. Nothing unfair about it.
“As a group, you attempt to win you attempt to push in as many overs you’ll be able to however that is the way it’s performed. You possibly can’t actually complain. Like I mentioned we may have made a match if we received about five-six extra overs. It was thrilling for us.”
Rahul scored a superb 79 within the second innings however as soon as once more didn’t convert his begin after his ninth fifty in final 11 Take a look at innings.
“It is clearly disappointing however I am not fearful. I by no means performed for numbers. Wanting again, I might have wished to transform a minimum of half of them into 100s and my stats would have been rather a lot totally different exhibiting eight-nine hundred.”
Nobody is extra disillusioned than him because the group needs him to transform the begins into huge hundred.
“It’s disappointing as a group seems to be ahead to me go for greater runs. I can get runs a lot sooner if I keep there within the center to provide bowlers extra time and cushion. I’m certain it would come and I am probably not fearful.”
With PTI inputs.