KL Rahul : Team selection is not in our control

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KL Rahul : Team selection is not in our control

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Arun S Kaimal

07/16/2016

Despite scoring back-to-back fifties in two warm-up matches, Indian opener KL Rahul said on Saturday that he is not thinking about the selection for the first Test against West Indies. He also believes that India is completely ready for the Test series with both batsmen and bowlers in good form.

After a successful outing in the blue of India during the tour of Zimbabwe, KL Rahul has continued his good touch with the bat and has put his name in the reckoning for the opener’s slot for the first Test match against West Indies. The Karnataka lad retired out after making fifties in both the warm-up matches. Although, he has been India’s best batsmen on the tour till date, the 24-year-old said that he is not thinking about the selection for the first Test.

Look that (team selection) is not in our control. As players, we look to prepare well and whenever an opportunity comes, you need to be prepared to go out there and do well personally and also for your team and play to the roles and responsibilities given."

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"Look that (team selection) is not in our control. As players, we look to prepare well and whenever an opportunity comes, you need to be prepared to go out there and do well personally and also for your team and play to the roles and responsibilities given. There is still a week to go before the Tests. In the next couple days, we will know who is playing and who is not, we will start preparing accordingly. But yeah, not really worried about it. When it comes, it comes and whatever has to happen will happen," Rahul told bcci.tv, after the end of the second day's play against the West Indies Board President's XI.

"The purpose of coming here was to get used to the wickets and conditions and I am really happy with the way I've batted. It is hot and humid and it is not easy to get runs out there. I tried to use these two innings and the time before the Tests to prepare for the Test series," he added.

Indian restricted the West Indies Board President’s XI to 180 in the first innings before putting a hefty total of 364 on the board. With the both the batting and bowling departments in good form, Rahul believes that the Indian team is completely ready for the upcoming Test series.

If there is not much assistance from the wicket, then coping with the weather is going to be challenging as well. Everyone needs to make an effort together, but we are up for it."

"We have three quality spinners and they have been in good form in the Test format and we will be happy if we get turning tracks. We have the firepower in the pace department as well. All of them have been doing well and increased their fitness levels and pace, so it is good to see them bending their back on wickets like these. Getting the ball to carry are good signs," Rahul said.

"I don't know about other venues. Out here, the pitch has been a little slow. The ball goes soft after 20-30 overs and as a bowler or fielding team, everybody has to put a lot of effort. If there is not much assistance from the wicket, then coping with the weather is going to be challenging as well. Everyone needs to make an effort together, but we are up for it," he said, before signing off. 

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