Sydney: Throughout Indian overseas tours of South Africa, England and Australia, KL Rahul’s selection has baffled most supporters. Apart from a hundred at the Oval, Rahul has consistently struggled and carried on with that form in Sydney where he was dismissed for 9. Finally, coach Ravi Shastri has spoken about his continuous inclusion in the playing XI and has said that they need such inspirational characters in the side.
Speaking to press after the 1st day’s play, the Indian coach said, “As the Indian team, we have to remember that we represent hopes and aspirations of 1.3 Billion people. Apart from delivering on the field, we also have to inspire more and more youngsters and Rahul has been doing that consistently. Every time he plays, everyone in India thinks that if this guy can become an opening batsman in Test Cricket then they can do so as well.”
“This kind of inspiration cannot be measured through any stats. He is helping India prepare the next generation of Rahuls who are right now dreaming of playing for India thanks to his performances. Some of these kids watch Pujara and give up their dream of playing for India because they think they don’t have patience to bat that long but then they see Rahul on scorecard again and the dreams are ignited again”, the Indian coach added.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has sent a message of thanks to KL Rahul for keeping a batting spot open for him.