Rahul has received quite a bit of criticism for his batting speed lately, and the stylish batter believes it’s hard to maintain the same pace throughout an entire turn.
“It’s something every player is working towards (strike rate). Nobody is perfect. Everyone is working towards something,” said Rahul, who hit with a strike rate of 122.22 during the match. Asia Cup in the UAE.
However, Rahul’s career T20I strike rate is 140 plus over 61 games, but that’s mostly because he makes up for it in the back-10 of an innings.
“Strike rates are taken on a general basis,” he said, then gave his rationale behind the argument.
“You never see that a batter has played at a certain batting rate (at all). Whether it was important for him to play at a batting rate of 200 or if the team could still have won with the batter playing at 100 or 120 “Those things aren’t always analyzed. So when you look at (general) it looks slow,” Rahul said.
But Rahul is working on his success rate.
“It’s something I’m working on. Obviously the goals for each player have been defined in the last 10-12 months. Everyone has a clear understanding of what’s expected of them. I’m just working on how I can be better myself as lead-off hitter,” India’s vice-captain told ahead of the first T20 Australia.
Rahul made a comeback with the ODIs in Zimbabwe after recovering from a sports hernia.
“I feel good about my game. It was very important to play some after the injury. Going to Zimbabwe was very crucial. It will be fun to play at home. It has been a while for me.”
“Team environment has enabled players to learn from their mistakes”
Rahul is happy to be part of a locker room where players can learn from their mistakes.
“The most important thing for the player in the room is what captain and coach and teammates think of him and we know what is expected of each person. Everyone tries to give their best, not every time a player will succeed.”
“We have created an environment where players are not afraid to fail or not afraid to make mistakes. Even when mistakes are made, this is what we do. We work hardest for this.”
Criticism will be there, but what this Indian team believes is self-criticism.
“Everyone criticizes, but we criticize ourselves the most. We play for the country and if we don’t do well, it hurts us the most,” he said.
Karthik or pants? Subject to conditions
On the Dinesh Karthik versus Rishabh Pant debate, Rahul added: “It depends on what kind of combination we go with that day. It depends on the surface and what teams we play against, these are not easy decisions to make. Both are high quality players and both have different roles.”
Several mistakes were made at different events
India will try to complete their combinations for the T20 World Cup in the six home games against Australia and South Africa. Rahul said the team has yet to play to its full potential.
“In terms of skill, our performance was only 80-85 percent. We are still not very good in terms of batting or excellent in bowling or fielding. There are a few things we need to fix.
“You can only win big events if these are all done right and the team comes together to win the championship.”
At last year’s T20 World Cup and this year’s Asia Cup, the mistakes made were different.
“What happened in the Asian Cup and the 2021 World Cup (both left early), we made (committed) several mistakes in those two events. We are very clear about what went wrong and we are trying to learn from it.” he said. .