‘Play like it’s Test cricket for some time’: Virat Kohli’s advice to KL Rahul when India were 2 for 3 | cricket-world-cup-news | spcilvly

India were reeling at 2 for 3, when KL Rahul came out to bat with Virat Kohli in Chennai in his opening match of the World Cup.

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul’s match-winning stand of 165 helped India beat Australia by six wickets in their World Cup opener.

During the post-match presentation, KL Rahul revealed what Virat Kohli told him when he came out to bat when India had their unprecedented collapse to 2 for 3, why he was not ready to come out to bat.

“Honestly, there’s not much conversation. I was trying to catch my breath as I finished showering. I thought I’d take a good half hour (or) hour off, put my feet up and just rest. But I was there in a short time, so there was a bit of a rush. “I was just trying to catch my breath,” she said.

“Virat said there is a lot of help on the wicket, and (we) just have to play the right shots and play like it is Test cricket for some time and see where it goes,” Rahul said.

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“That was mainly the plan and we’re happy to be able to do the job for the team.”

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On the Chepauk surface, Rahul said: “There was a little help for the fast bowlers with the new ball when we bowled. And later the spinners came and got a lot of help from the wicket.”

“But I think towards the end, in the last 15-20 overs, the dew played a big role for them; While bowling, they also changed the ball. Once that happened, everything got a little better.

India will take on Afghanistan in their second match on Wednesday at the Arun Jaitely Stadium.

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