Disappointed with some of his performances during the ongoing IPL season, Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper batsman K L Rahul said he would look to improve in the coming matches so that the national selectors take note.
“Disappointing that I had starts but have not been able to convert those starts into bigger performances. There were very good opportunities for me to win matches for my side and it’s disappointing that I could not win the game for the team,” said Rahul.
“It’s good learning and I am only hoping that I use this experience of not doing well and work on my game and get better. When the same opportunity comes, I may be better skilled and be in better frame of mind to win the game for the team,” he said.
Rahul’s unbeaten 44 in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 13 is his best during the IPL and he scored poorly in a few other matches.
Sunrisers has played good cricket in this IPL tournament though it ended up losing couple of matches, he said.
“We played really good cricket in the last seven games. It is very unfortunate that in a few games, the results did not go our way. I think we have been executing our plans really well. We have done well in all the games,” he said
The Hyderabad side has six points from seven matches it has played in the tournament.
Rahul said he would like to keep working hard for finding a berth in the national side though he does not want to be undue pressure in the process.
“I am just looking to enjoy this tournament, enjoy one game, not worry about the future. I know it will happen if I keep working hard and if I keep putting in consistent performances, it will happen.
“So, I am just looking to enjoy each day and I just want to keep training harder and keep putting in consistent performances, those are the things I am looking to,” he said.
The 23-year-old player from Karnataka, who had played a key role in his side winning the Ranji Trophy in 2013-14 with his centuries, said his career has been a “bumpy ride so far” and that he would like to learn every day.
“It’s been a bumpy ride so far. I am still young. But, still I had my share of success and downfall. It’s all part of learning curve. It’s all part of an athlete’s career. I enjoyed every bit of it.”
“I have grown much stronger in the last two-three years as a person and as a cricketer. I am just looking to learn every day and enjoy myself and keep getting better as a cricketer and as a team man,” Rahul said.