Although Indian skipper Virat Kohli stole the show against West Indies in the first T20I encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, explosive opener KL Rahul also put his best efforts to drive the hosts to the brilliant six-wicket win.
The 27-year-old right-handed batsman gave a head-start to Men in Blue as he notched up important 62 runs off just 40 balls after ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma failed to score for the home team. Sharma lost his crucial wicket to Khary Pierre in the fourth over after scoring just 8 runs off 10 balls.
Rahul also touched down the benchmark of 1000 runs in T20I format and became the third fastest batsman to achieve this feat in just 29 innings.
In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, the Karnataka based batsman was asked to fill the big void and he successfully justified his role by playing some excellent shots against Kieron Pollard-led team.
Being an Indian opener, Rahul feels that his job is to set the foundation for his team so that the other players can easily achieve the target in the end .
Speaking to the press after the memorable win of India over Windies, Rahul said, “Everybody likes me when I score runs, that’s how it goes. I don’t plan my innings according to the strike rate. If I get set, I can chase it down, I know that. My role is to set the foundation and we have others to do their job later, the finishing job”.