KL Rahul Opens Up About Coping with Criticism After Match-Winning World Cup Performance

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KL Rahul Opens Up About Coping with Criticism After Match-Winning World Cup Performance

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KL Rahul, the star of India’s World Cup opener, has opened up about the persistent criticism directed at him, describing it as “painful” and challenging to cope with. In the last few months, the 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman faced challenges, including a thigh injury during IPL 2023 that ruled him out for the season, leading to surgery and rehabilitation.

Rahul shared his experience, saying, “There was a lot of criticism, people were commenting on my performance in every match and situation. I wasn’t able to understand why it was happening because my performance wasn’t that bad. So, that was very painful.”

He also discussed how the motivation of playing in the ODI World Cup drove him to push through the tedious and rigorous gym work during his rehabilitation process.

“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 I have to be a part of this home World Cup. Playing a home world cup is a dream for a cricketer and is special to all cricketers, so yeah, I’m pretty excited,” Rahul emphasized.

His determination and hard work paid off in India’s World Cup opener, where he scored an unbeaten 97 and played a pivotal role in a record partnership with Virat Kohli to secure victory against Australia.

Reference:

https://www.indiatvnews.com/sports/cricket/world-cup-kl-rahul-opens-up-on-dealing-with-painful-criticism-after-match-winning-knock-against-australia-2023-10-09-897007

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