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After India’s loss, KL Rahul says, “You have to be prepared for the unexpected”

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India’s subpar batting display in the first ODI against Bangladesh was made up for by KL Rahul, who scored 73. Following Rishabh Pant’s removal from the ODI series per the recommendation of the medical team, the batter was also assigned the duty of donning the keeping gloves.

However, Rahul, who has only sometimes kept wickets, missed Mehidy Hasan Miraj’s aerial catch when Bangladesh was only 32 runs away from victory. Mehidy and Mustafizur Rahman’s wicket-keeping partnership for the tenth wicket enabled the hosts to pull off an amazing one-wicket triumph.

In Rahul’s opinion, neither the hitters nor the bowlers should be held accountable for this loss.

You’re right; that’s cricket. Expect the unexpected at all times. Such events will continue to occur as long as cricket is played. Even with a few dropped catches and that Mehidy inning, they fought valiantly to the end.

After scoring runs on a difficult wicket, he felt personally satisfied.
On that particular day, it appeared as though I was timing the ball better than others. “All of the options I chose went my way, and the shots I chose fortunately found the target,” the player remarked.

Such innings are enjoyable for hitters because they present a challenge and allow them to step up when necessary. 40 runs more would have been ideal. Even if I could have batted into the 40th over, I was hoping to score 230-240.
Rahul further stated that he has been instructed by the Indian team management, led by Rahul Dravid, to “be ready to keep wickets and bat in the middle order” in upcoming ODIs.

In response to the medical team’s recommendation, Rishabh Pant was given a break from the ODI series.

“We haven’t played a lot of one-day internationals in the last eight to nine months, but if you look at 2020 and 2021, I kept wickets and batted at Nos. 4 and 5, so I’ve had experience.” When questioned about why Pant wasn’t playing white-ball cricket, Rahul curtly retorted, “This is the role that the team has requested I be ready for as I have done it previously.”

Pant was rested for workload management or a niggle, but Rahul, who is the vice-captain and hence a member of the team management, didn’t specify which reason.

Since I only learned today that Rishabh will be released, I can’t say for sure. Medical staff will be in a better position to respond to such questions and provide more information about the causes.

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