KL Rahul has comeback into the Indian Test side after the opener was ruled out in the middle of New Zealand series due to injury    Getty Images (File photo)
KL Rahul has comeback into the Indian Test side after the opener was ruled out in the middle of New Zealand series due to injury Getty Images (File photo)

Back where he belongs, talented opener KL Rahul recollected the frustrating six weeks that he was out of the Indian team stating that not being a part of the squad at Indore when the team became No 1 Tests left him “heartbroken”. Rahul last represented India in the first of the three-Test series against New Zealand but a hamstring injury ruled him out since then. He not only missed the remainder of the Test series but was also unavailable for the five One-Day International (ODI) series. India won both the series but were granted the numero uno spot in Tests with a whitewash against Kiwis. They were rewarded the Test mace by former player, Sunil Gavaskar at Indore after India won the final Test by 321 runs. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

Ahead of the second Test of the ongoing five-Test series against England, Rahul was named in the 16-man squad as he has recovered from injury. Rahul stated, on not being part of the side when they became No. 1 in Tests, “Not being a part of that Test team in Indore where we became the number one Test side was heartbreaking. But those were little things that woke me up every day in the morning. I had to work really hard mentally and physically to convince myself that the recovery process will take time but slowly and surely I will be back on the field. And, here I am back in the Indian team”.

Rahul said that the Ranji match against Rajasthan where he scored 76 and 106 gave him enough confidence to get back into the Indian team as he felt that he was back to hundred percent fitness. ALSO READ:

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“It was really important to play a first-class game to give myself the confidence that I was indeed fit. I could have spent a lot of time doing rehab in Bengaluru with the physio and spent time in the gym but until and unless I had played a proper cricket game, I wouldn’t have known how fit I was. It was important for me to get my confidence up and get into the mindset that if I moved quickly, I am not going to injure myself. That is the challenge that someone who is coming back from injury has; to tell your mind that you are completely fit. Somewhere in the mind there is always something holding you back and telling you that you might get injured again”, added the opener.

Rahul is hopeful that he will be able to score big against England.

“I am really excited that I am back. My fitness is good and I am batting really well and have got runs in the Ranji Trophy game against Team Rajasthan. Hopefully I can continue from where I left off from Kanpur and go from strength to strength. I am looking forward to this series and making it big again”, said the 24-year-old.

The Mangalore lad made it clear that time with the Indian team has made him an enormously improved player.

“I think I have improved enormously over the last couple of years and all the credit goes to the support staff here and all the players I have shared the dressing room with, be it the Indian team or the IPL. I have always looked to learn from players in the dressing room and don’t look too far away for motivation. There are great players in my dressing room sitting right next to me. I just talk to them; see their routines and preparations and look at what goes on in their mind while batting. That helps me a lot and I try to learn from those things”, concluded the right-hander.