ODI WORLD CUP

Play like it’s Test cricket, Kohli said KL Rahul during India Australia clash.

Pat Cummins

On Sunday, October 8, Australia and India engaged in a thrilling low-scoring match at Chepauk. With a pivotal 165-run partnership, Rahul and Virat Kohli guided India to a six-wicket victory. As the ‘Men in Blue’ recovered from a hazardous 2/3 position and went on to successfully chase down the 200-run total.

India got a huge win against Australia

When Kohli was out for 85 runs off of 116, Rahul and Hardik Pandya helped the team finish the game. Due to his undefeated 97 off 115 balls, the Karnataka hitter was named Player of the Match. Three of India’s first four batters were out in the first couple of overs of the run chase. Rahul joked that he was trying to catch his breath when he came to the wicket.

Quite honestly, not a lot of conversation. I was just trying to catch my breath as I just had a shower. I thought I would get a good half an hour – [or] an hour’s – break, put the feet up and just rest up. But I was out there in no time, so there was a bit of rush. I was just trying to get my breath back“. Rahul said while receiving the Player of the Match award at the post-match presentation ceremony.

KL Rahul reveals chat with Virat Kohli during Australia clash

The 31-year-old said that Kohli instructed him to wait it out and play like a Test cricket . To fend off the Australian bowlers, who had their tails up on a pitch that was giving them a lot of assistance.

Virat said there’s big help in the wicket, and [we] just have to play proper shots and play like it’s Test cricket for some time and see where it goes. That was mostly the plan, and happy that we could do the job for the team“. The wicketkeeper-batter added after getting off to a great start in the World cup 2023.

Rahul has been playing ODI cricket this year in outstanding form. The right-handed batter has 628 runs in 13 innings at an astounding average of 78.50 and a respectable strike rate of 86.5. For India, he has one century and five half-centuries.

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