Manchester hundred vs England means the world to me: KL Rahul

first_imgKL Rahul’s unbeaten 101 to lead India to an eight-wicket win over England an take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.With the century Rahul became the second Indian to blast two T20I hundreds and after the match, he conceded that the drought of international hundreds was playing big time in his mind, which is why it “means the world” to him.”This is very satisfying. I have a few international hundreds, but this means the world to me. This is very special because the last international hundred I got was about two years ago,” Rahul told senior teammate Dinesh Karthik during an interview.The earlier century he was referring to was against England in a Test match — 199 in Chennai in 2016.Also read – KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav script India’s demolition over England in 1st T20IRahul admitted that it has been a rough road for him as far as his place in the limited overs squad is concerned.”I have been getting fifties in the IPL and Test matches, been in and out of the one-day team. It’s been a rough road in the last one, one-and-a-half years with injuries, going out. I haven’t chased anything this much, with so much heart and passion, so this innings means the world to me,” a beaming Rahul said.The common refrain among most international cricketers is that they don’t chase numbers but Rahul said that when the three-figure mark eludes a player, he values it even more.advertisementAlso read – India vs England: KL Rahul joins Rohit Sharma with second T20I hundred”Being out of form is getting out in single-digits, but that wasn’t happening. I was getting starts, I was batting well. Obviously a couple of injuries, going in and out of the team… not finding a spot after some time has always been tough.”So to get that opportunity and deliver, to get that three-figure mark – I’ve always said that I’ve not been somebody who has chased numbers, but when I wasn’t getting the three-figure mark, that’s when I really realised how important three figures was,” he added.Indian skipper Virat Kohli, was all praise for Rahul and explosive batting.Also read – Kuldeep Yadav reveals how he outfoxed England’s dangerous batting line-up”Rahul has come a long way; especially the way he’s been batting since the IPL and in that one game in Ireland – so clean and crisp. We want guys like him to step up. We don’t want to be one-dimensional, we want people going up and down the order,” Kohli said”He’s got a great technique, great temperament and is very hungry and today he was a bit emotional because the last century he scored was against England in Chennai and it’s been that long he’s been waiting for. It was a great century and a great sign for Indian cricket,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more