KL Rahul highlights role of Rahul Dravid in return to form after Koffee with Karan controversy

Two matches, two fantastic knocks from KL Rahul as he returns back to form after the Koffee with Karan controversy which seemed to have put an end to his 2019 ICC World Cup hopes. Having been sent back home from Australia ahead of the ODI series, then not picked for the New Zealand tour, Rahul did the hard work for India A to work on his game. With two good knocks under his belt for the senior team, Lokesh had only one person to thank for his resurgence and that is none other than Rahul Dravid.

After scoring a half-century against Australia in the first T20I at Vizag, Rahul continued his good show with the bat by bagging a 47-run knock in the 2nd match in Bengaluru. While he would be satisfied with the personal achievements, the results for Team India in both the matches weren’t the best as Virat Kohli’s men incurred a series defeat by losing both the matches.

Speaking at the press conference after the conclusion of the second match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Rahul admitted that the recent time wasn’t the best in his career with plenty to think about, both in terms of his on-field and off-field life.

“It was a hard time no doubt. I mean, as a player, as a person, everyone has to go through difficult times and it was my time to go through that and like I said it gave me time to reflect on my game, on myself. I have always been someone who takes things as it comes,” said the 26-year-old.

“Just to value where I am, just to keep making opportunities count and put my head down and keep working on my cricket”, he added.

He further revealed how the India A series against England Lions helped him rediscover form while also address certain issues related to the technical side of the game. Thankfully, one of the greatest sons of Indian cricket, Dravid, was available to help him iron out the flaws.

“I got some time off from international cricket, so I could come back to India and reflect on what was not going right for me. Fortunately, I got to play some India A games where the pressure is a bit less and where I could focus on my skill and my technique.

“Got to spend a lot of time with Rahul Dravid, working on my game and chatting about cricket. He helped a lot in the five games I played for India A. The time I have spent in the middle has helped. It is nice to be back with the boys and back in blue,” he said.

While there’s no doubting the repercussions that the Koffee with Karan controversy had on his and Hardik Pandya’s careers, Rahul acknowledged the same while also hoping that it turns out to be a blessing in disguise.

“I hope so. Things happen like I said. Four-five years with Team India. Learnt about the game, where I stand as a cricketer, as a person so just try to get better from there and be consistent and keep performing,” he said.

With the T20I series now over, the Indian team would look to bounce back against Aaron Finch and Co in the 5-match ODI series that begins from March 02. It is India’s last international assignment ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup.