India's World Cup Star Reflects on Difficult Times, Pain, Criticism, and Comments Ahead of Mega Event


India’s World Cup Star Reflects on Difficult Times, Pain, Criticism, and Comments Ahead of Mega Event

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KL Rahul, the star wicketkeeper-batter of the Indian cricket team, has shared his feelings about dealing with criticism and his triumphant return to the side during the World Cup opener against Australia. Despite his absence due to a thigh injury sustained during the IPL in May, Rahul bounced back during the Asia Cup, where he emerged as the side’s third-highest run-scorer.

In an interview with ‘Star Sports,’ Rahul expressed his frustration at the persistent criticism he faced. He found it painful and puzzling, particularly because he believed his performance wasn’t as bad as some were making it out to be. Rahul, who missed the opening two games of the Asia Cup due to a minor injury, made a strong comeback, amassing 169 runs in three innings at an impressive average of 84.50 and a strike rate of 89.41, including a century.

Rahul acknowledged the emotional toll of recovering from injuries and facing uncertainty about his participation in the World Cup. “I know the pain of going through an injury and the process of coming back initially,” he said. “When I found out I’d be losing four to five months due to an injury during the IPL, being a part of the World Cup was also not a 100% sure. So, that was a very difficult time.”

His determination and positive mindset were evident during India’s World Cup opener against Australia, where he played an unbeaten innings of 97, helping India secure a crucial six-wicket victory from a challenging situation.

Reflecting on his mental preparation for the comeback, especially with the World Cup on the horizon, Rahul revealed that the dream of playing the tournament at home kept him motivated. “I already knew in my mind and understood the process. I was very positive as well, and there was only one motivation that I had to come back before the World Cup and be a part of this home World Cup,” he added.

Rahul emphasized the team’s collective determination to win the World Cup, saying, “Every day in the morning, that’s what got me out of bed and pushed me to do the boring work in the gym, and that tells you how special it is to me and everybody.” He concluded by expressing his excitement about playing in a home World Cup, a dream come true for any cricketer.


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