KL Rahul on Winning 2nd ODI vs Australia: Indian stand-in captain for the Australia tour of India 2023 ODI series KL Rahul says putting 400 on the board gives you confidence after winning the 2nd ODI against the visitors.
KL Rahul on Winning 2nd ODI vs Australia
A total of 3 ODI games were scheduled to be played ahead of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 while the series will resume after the ICC event.
Right after India won the 1st ODI game of the series by 5 wickets, both teams are scheduled to play the second game of the series on September 24 at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore. With hours ahead of the match, BCCI made an update regarding Jasprit Bumrah’s unavailability for the game.
Mukesh Kumar has been named as the replacement player for Jasprit Bumrah for the 2nd ODI vs Australia.
Winning the toss, Australia decided to bowl first where KL Rahul and Ruturaj Gaikwad opened the inning. Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 71 runs in the 1st ODI against Australia on Friday and was expected to score big enough to have a boost ahead of the Asian Games 2023. Gaikwad loses his wicket to Hazlewood in the 4th over after scoring 8 runs.
Following his dismissal, Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill each scored a century and pushed India’s score beyond 200 runs. With KL Rahul’s 52 and Suryakumar Yadav’s unbeaten 72 runs, India scored 399 runs at the end of 50 overs.
On the other hand, Australia made a struggling start by losing a couple of wickets within 10 runs. Following captain’s dismissal, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne made an 80-run stand. The partnership was then broken by Ashwin by dismissing Labuschagne for 27 runs.
Soon Indian spinners started to dominate the game where Ashwin and Jadeja bagged 3 wickets each and paved the way for India to seal the victory. Australia managed to score 217 runs after losing 10 wickets in 28.2 overs while the 2nd inning was reduced to 33 overs with a revised DLS target of 317 runs due to rain.
Winning the 2nd ODI vs Australia, KL Rahul said “When I saw the wicket in the morning, I didn’t think it would spin so much. Putting 400 on the board gives you confidence. It’s not really our decision to make. Our jobs are clear. Everyone who gets picked in the XI needs to focus on their job. Everyone has gone through this, you need to keep getting better and wait for the opportunities”.
“We have dropped a few catches, but fielding under lights, it’s challenging physically. The coaches are doing their best to keep the guys fit. Sometimes these errors happen. The commitment is always there, we’ll learn from it, brush it off and get better in the next game”.
“Nothing is discussed, but guys coming back will want to make it count. With the World Cup only a couple of weeks away, guys will want to get into it. They need to get used to the challenges, they will be keen to get back onto the field”, KL Rahul added.
That’s that from the 2nd ODI.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 24, 2023
The last and final game of the Australia tour of India 2023 ODI series will be played on September 27 at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.