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The secret of Rahul’s success: Leaving the balls outside the off-stump

Centurion, Dec 30 (PTI) Indian opener KL Rahul followed a formula right from the start of the England tour, skipping balls that went outside the off-stump and it worked to his advantage as he cemented his place in the Test side.

Rahul adopted this method at Lord’s and scored a century. Now in Centurion against South Africa, he achieved success in this way. Thanks to his century, India were able to register their first win in Centurion. Rahul was adjudged the player of the match.

Rahul said after the match, “It is something that I am enjoying to the fullest right now. It’s an important aspect of Test cricket that you really enjoy letting the balls go outside the off-stump.

“I know we play a lot of one-day and T20 cricket. Scoring shots all around the field is exciting but when you play in Test cricket, you have to learn to play disciplined. You have to learn to wait for the right ball.

He knows repetition can be cumbersome but that is the key to success.

Rahul said, “Mistakes happen when you become burdened by repeating the same thing. I thoroughly enjoyed playing defensive shots and tiring the bowlers after playing Test matches again in England this year.

Asked what number he would rate this century in his six hundreds abroad, Rahul said, “It was challenging considering the conditions and the wicket, so this innings is very important for me. It took a lot of courage, determination and discipline to score a century and bring the team to victory. That’s why this century is very important.

Rahul also said that he prefers to field at slips over Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling.

“As long as Jasprit Bumrah is playing cricket, I would love to field at slips. This is the best position. The slips are a good position and I would love to field when Shami, Bumrah and (Mohammed) Siraj are bowling.


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