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Cricket news - I'm loving it - Rahul on add-on wicketkeeping responsibility

Rahul hit a brisk 27-ball 56 in the chase.

Rahul hit a brisk 27-ball 56 in the chase.

KL Rahul continued his rich vein of form with the bat by compiling a stroke-filled 27-ball 56 as India usurped New Zealand by six wickets to win the first of the three T20Is in Auckland.

Rahul put on a fine exhibition of batting, crunching a string of eye-catching lofted shots. The highlight of his innings was the sumptuous short-arm jab that he essayed off Tim Southee over midwicket. The opener observed that he looks to play cricketing shots alongside having a solid technique. "That's exactly what I've learnt in the last one-and-a-half years that this is my game, where I play cricketing shots," Rahul said to the reporters after the win, on Friday (January 24).

"I've been blessed with shots all over the ground but getting into good positions and striking the ball with a good technique is my strength. If I can carry forward that belief and mind-set into each innings it'll help me more and I can be more successful and in return I can be more consistent for the team's sake," he added.

Rahul, who also donned the wicketkeeping gloves against Australia in the three-match ODI series, once again showed his worth as a utility cricketer by giving a good account of himself behind the stumps. Rahul noted that he is enjoying his dual role in the side.

"I'm quite honestly loving it, man. At the international stage, it might seem very new and it might seem like I've never kept. I've kept for my IPL franchise for the last 3-4 years, and I've kept for my first-class team as and when there is an opening. I've still stayed in touch with wicket-keeping. I enjoy staying behind the stumps and it also gives me a great idea about how the pitch is playing, and I can pass on that message to the bowlers and the captains with field-sets and everything.

"As a keeper, that's also your responsibility to stay active and pass the message on to your captain as to what lengths are better and what I feel we can do better. As a batsman as well, after keeping for 20 overs, especially you get a fair idea on what are the good shots on this kind of wicket and so I'm enjoying the responsibility and so far so good for me," he added.

Rahul also observed that the batsmen had a fair idea of what areas to target and the dimensions of the multipurpose ground at Eden Park. "In the team meetings, the coaches obviously put up stats and numbers and say you know this is the dimension of the ground and this is what we can do so before we end up coming to the ground, we kind of have a fair idea about what our hitting areas are and what are the areas we can push for twos and threes.

"We have played a lot of cricket as a team and as individuals, we've played enough cricket to understand on what grounds what kind of shots are good, what we need to do. It's a strange ground for me especially. I've played here for the first time and it's good to be challenged and we are enjoying it."

Rahul also showered praises on Shreyas Iyer for playing with a calm head on his shoulders to compose a crucial unbeaten fifty under pressure. "It was a fantastic finish. We have seen for a while that in crunch situations we have lacked someone who can to take the team through and win. But the way Shreyas, Shivam and even Manish started striking the ball way from the moment they went in.

"When you're chasing over 200, you need a boundary in every over. It was good to see that whoever was walking out was doing so with the intent to do that. And the execution was very impressive today. That is very heartening to see. And the way Shreyas finished it off, the way he celebrated very calmly after reaching his half-century, and he finished the game and then celebrated. The responsibility of being an IPL captain, he has understood how to finish the games. He showed that responsibility in the last ODI too and here too. Those are great signs for us."

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