In the last two unofficial ODIs against England Lions, KL Rahul notched up scores of 89 and 81 respectively and carried on his form into the Australia series. @ Twitter

KL Rahul repaid faith in his skipper and shrugged off a string of poor scores to register 50 and 47 in the two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia.

Ahead of the series against Australia, India captain Virat Kohli said that the think-tank will give maximum game time to Rahul and Rishabh Pant. In the opener at Vizag, Shikhar Dhawan was benched for Rahul, while at Bengaluru, Rohit Sharma made way for the home boy.

After his horrible tour of Australia and add to that, his appearance on a popular TV show, Rahul was drafted back to the India A camp and was made to put in the hard yards under the watchful eyes of Rahul Dravid. The move worked. In the last two unofficial ODIs against England Lions, Rahul notched up scores of 89 and 81 respectively and carried on his form into the Australia series.

“Being out there in the middle and getting some runs for the team feels good. I have had some time to work on my game,” Rahul said after India’s first innings in the second T20I at Bengaluru on Wednesday.

“It has given me some time to work my game and my head space. Good to see the results. I have tried to keep game simple. I want to stay true to my game. As an opener, it is little more easier to get into positions and hit sixes compared to batters batting down the order. The need of T20 cricket is you need to be a 360 degrees player,” he explained.