“No one in the dressing room is perfect,” KL Rahul opens up after netizens criticize selectors preferring opener in the lineup

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In the run-up to the T20I series against Australia, India captain Rohit Sharma declared that the team was clear on Kohli being the “third opener” and supported KL Rahul in the opening position. KL Rahul recently stated that he has been striving to improve his strike-rate and now has more clarity regarding the role that has been defined for him and others “in the previous 10-12 months” after being announced as the opener for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“Yes, it is something that I am working on,” Rahul said on his strike-rate on the eve of the first T20I against Australia in Mohali. “Obviously with the roles that have been defined for each player in the last 10-12 months, you know very clearly and the player understands what is expected out of them and everyone’s working towards it.

“No one is perfect. No one in the dressing room is perfect. Everyone’s working towards something, everyone has a certain role to do. Obviously, strike-rates are taken on an overall basis. You’ll never see when that batsman has played at a certain strike-rate, whether it was important for him to play at a 200-strike rate, or whether the team could have still won playing at a 100-120 strike rate. So these are things that not everybody analyses. That’s why when you look at it, it looks slow.”