On Sunday, having scored 60 and laid the platform for India’s reply to Australia’s 300, he was out to a short ball from Pat Cummins.
“Quite honestly, not regretting anything,” Rahul said when asked about the series he has had so far. “Obviously, a little disappointed that I have not been able to convert the starts and get big runs for the team. As an opening batsman, my responsibility is to spend as much time in the middle as I can, try and get big scores in the first innings so that we don’t have to bat in the second innings.
“On a personal front, it hasn’t been the worst series for me. Got starts, batted really well, enjoyed batting in the middle, and the Aussie bowlers haven’t made it easy. They have challenged us in all the games. Thoroughly enjoyed batting and hopefully I can play one good knock in the second innings. Might be the knock I have been waiting for the whole series.”
“Horrible execution for sure,” he said. “But having batted out there in the middle for a long time, I thought I could have taken him on as there were no fielders at the back. Like I said, horrible execution, the intent was right.
“But I can always sit here and question intent and a hundred things. But then in the middle, I thought I could take him on but it was unfortunate it didn’t go my way. Hopefully, in the second innings, I can get him away. So I will go out with a positive intent in the second innings again.”
Rahul said the conditions had given some assistance to all of Australia’s bowlers, the spinners and the quicks, and that they had kept India under pressure right through the day.
“It has been a fantastic cricket wicket,” he said. “Something in it for everybody. Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe spun it and of course, facing Josh Hazlewood and Cummins in the first session, I can say, is the toughest session I have faced in Test cricket so far.