CWC 2019: KL Rahul says he is willing to bat at No.4; not losing sleep over his World Cup selection

Rahul has batted really well for Kings XI Punjab in this year's Indian Premier League so far.

Rahul just scored a ton against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019 | IANS

KL Rahul will not shy away from the responsibility if the Indian team management - led by skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri - decides to give him the role of batting at No.4 at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, to be held in England and Wales from May 30 onwards. 

"It is the most prestigious tournament for any cricketer in the world," said Rahul in an interview with Times of India. "It is the dream of every cricketer to represent the country in the World Cup. It will be a brilliant opportunity."

Aware that Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are set to continue opening, Rahul wishes to be the final answer of India's long-standing middle-order dilemma. The 26-year-old is in top form in the ongoing Indian Premier League season. He has amassed 317 runs, with one hundred, at an astonishing average of 79.25 and a respectable strike-rate of 131.53 across his seven innings for Kings XI Punjab so far. 

And hence, the right-hander from Karnataka is feeling very much confident ahead of the all-important national selection committee on Monday (April 15) where India's 15-member touring party for the United Kingdom is slated to be finalised. 

"Wherever the team requires me and wants me to fit in, I will go and give my best," Rahul added. "If they want me to the field, I will. If they want me to bat at No. 3, 4 or open, I will be ready as per the team's requirements. It's a team sport."

Rahul has played 14 ODIs for India so far and has scored 343 runs at an average of 34.30, batting in various positions. He has never had a long-rope at any particular number under the current regime. 

"World Cup selection is not in our hands," he said. "For now, my focus is on IPL. I want to score as many runs for my team (KXIP). I am not thinking and worried about it (World Cup selection). If I get a chance, I will give my best."


By Kashish Chadha - 12 Apr, 2019

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