After being dismissed on the second day of the second Test against England at Lord’s, India opener KL Rahul spoke up. On Friday, KL Rahul became the first Indian batsman to fall as Ollie Robinson took his second wicket of the innings to give England some breathing space. He expressed his displeasure with himself after hitting a boundary ball straight to the fielder.
The expulsion came in the second ball of the day, one delivery after he had moved to 129 after taking a pair. But Rahul couldn’t get off to a good start in the morning session, holing out a half-volley to Dom Sibley at cover. However, the right-handed batsman was the leading scorer as the visitors posted a tough total of 364. England is still 245 runs behind.
KL Rahul said he was frustrated during a press conference because they planned to add 70-80 runs in the critical morning session for a large total. The 28-year-old described himself as “fresh” in the morning and anxious to improve his score to an impressive level. As a result, Rahul was dismayed when his half-volley went straight to cover.
“When I went out, I was irritated. After batting well the night before, the morning was obviously essential for us. The goal was to go out and score 70-80 runs in the first session, which would set us up nicely for the afternoon session. So that’s what I was hoping to do. I took excellent care of myself last night, and I felt wonderful and energetic this morning. I was eager to get out there, and being sent back after only a few overs was not what I had anticipated. So, angry at myself for hitting a half-volley straight into the net,”
We have to get a couple of wickets in the first hour tomorrow: KL Rahul
KL Rahul had the following response when asked about the present situation of the game:
“We’ll take it as it comes since it’s too early to forecast.” Obviously, our goal for tomorrow is to get a couple of wickets in the opening hour and put pressure on the English batsmen. Because the pitch isn’t moving much, we need to be disciplined with our line and lengths, keep working on our plans (we’ll see our plans for each batsman), and wait for the batsmen to make mistakes. We’ll try to put some pressure on them after we get a couple of wickets and see where we go from there.
Mohammed Siraj dismissed Dom Sibley and Haseeb Hameed in consecutive deliveries after the English openers had survived 14 overs before tea. Joe Root and Rory Burns put on an 85-run stand to get the hosts’ innings back on track. Burns returned for 49, but Root and Jonny Bairstow were unbeaten at close range.