New Delhi sources stated that a couple of failures at the start of this edition of the Indian Premier League saw critics questioning his form as also if this would ultimately see him miss the bus for the World Cup. Meanwhile after all, the Kings XI Punjab batsman is in the race to fill the No.4 slot in the national set-up for the showpiece event in England, starting May 30.
Furthermore not one to let critics get the better of him, Rahul silenced one and all with a match-winning knock against Mumbai Indians in Mohali on Saturday. Apparently his unbeaten innings of 71 not only saw KXIP win the game, but once again showed that this youngster is just too good to miss out for long. When speaking to reporters, Rahul said that a couple of games don't really mean much in a long tournament like the IPL and it was all about getting that one innings to turn things around.
He said "As players it is important that we try and perform well for our respective IPL franchises and team and it is also very important to stay in the present. If you do well, you are automatically in the race for selection. Moreover to have someone with so much experience and yet to have him gel with the youngsters is just brilliant. Nobody thinks of him as a 40 year old, he is a youngster at heart and he calls himself that and who is someone who reinvents his batting and has been enjoying himself and it is great to have someone like him around”.