KL Rahul made a comeback after recovering from his injuries    AFP
KL Rahul made a comeback after recovering from his injuries AFP

After recovering from injuries, India s KL Rahul is back to the Indian side for the tour to Sri Lanka and depicts it to be the happiest moment. Rahul announced his return as he scored half-century in the only practice match against Sri Lanka Board President s XI (SLBP XI) and he looks strong to represent India in the series. Saying that he has been nervous, he also said he is physically fit and is stronger to fight again and overcome his difficulties in search of a permanent spot in the Indian side. Rahul, partnered with ViratKohli, scored 58 runs in the practice match. READ: India take 59-run lead against Sri Lanka Board President s XI at lunch, Day 2

Talking about his recovery and coming back into the side, Rahul told Cricbuzz, Yes, I am [nervous]. The body is still very unsure and it keeps holding me back every time. That’s the biggest challenge coming back from injury. You know that you are physically fit and you have done everything that you can, worked really hard, you are feeling stronger, you are feeling fitter. But the mind always tells you what if it happens again, what if you have to go through the same grind for three months, what if your shoulder is not ready, what if you came back early. The fear is obviously there but I will fight it and I will overcome that.”

Talking about his comeback knock, Rahul said, “I haven’t been happier ever in my life. It has been quite a tough time to be away from cricket, to be away from the thing that you love the most. I was middling the ball from ball one, hit a few boundaries, rotated the strike and not a lot of balls beat my bat. Playing in the nets is an entirely different thing and going out there in the middle is a completely different challenge.”

The process of healing his injuries was not easy, according to Rahul.

“Rehab basically for me is possibly the most boring thing you can ever do. Just wake up every morning and to do the same boring thing again and again is quite tiring and it starts to get to you. You start questioning yourself, asking yourself if you really want to do all these boring things. You chose a sport that is exciting and challenges you every day and here you are, waking up and doing boring things,

“That was the biggest challenge for me but I woke up and there was something that pushed me to go to the gym, go to the physio, go through the painful process, needling and then pushing my shoulder. It was quite tough but it is part of a sportsman s life and part of our career. It’s good that things like this happened to me early and I am hoping for an injury-free career going forward.”

“The surgeon and the physio were really happy that I could come back in three months. They were expecting me to come back a lot later but I did pay a lot of attention to my rehab. I was very disciplined and very eager to get back to the team as soon as I can. I didn’t want to miss out on any more matches,” he concluded.