‘Play like it’s Test cricket for some time’: Virat Kohli’s advice to KL Rahul when India were 2 for 3

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

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

“Quite honestly, not a lot of conversation. I was just trying to catch my breath as I just had a shower. I thought I would get a good half an hour – [or] an hour’s – break, put the feet up and just rest up. But I was out there in no time, so there was a bit of rush. I was just trying to get my breath back,” he said.

“Virat said there’s big help in the wicket, and [we] just have to play proper shots and play like it’s Test cricket for some time and see where it goes,” Rahul said.

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“That was mostly the plan, and happy that we could do the job for the team.”

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

“But I think towards the end – in the last 15-20 overs – the dew played a bit of a part for them; while they were bowling, they changed the ball as well. Once that happened, it did come on a little better.

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

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