“The World Cup is a big occasion for all of us. We have worked really hard as individuals and as a team. I always try to be relaxed and as balanced as I can be as a person,” said Rahul.
“There’s definitely disappointment when you don’t score runs, but the support staff have always been very helpful. Whether I’m doing well or not, I try to judge myself if my mindset is right, and if I’m fulfilling the role and responsibilities. what the team expected of me to do. If I think I’m doing well, I can go to sleep peacefully. Today was an opportunity for me to get up and do well. I started and I continued.”
Asked how difficult the situation was for India and what was the mood in the dressing room during the rain break, Rahul said: “It was a very important game for us. We have put ourselves in uncomfortable and difficult situations before, so now when we’re in those situations we know how we’ve prepared. So there’s confidence in us.”
On whether the rain break worked in India’s favour, he said: “Litton played an exceptional knock and innings like this put pressure on opposition teams. He was hitting the bowlers at good lengths. But even without the rain break we knew that once the Powerplay was over we could put pressure on them. We had that confidence.”
Rahul also picked Virat Kohli’s brains on match night and talked about the conditions in Australia. “We talked about mindset and how we got there Australia for a few years but this time the conditions were very challenging for batsmen. He (Kohli) got runs and that means he did something right. So I wanted to know what he was doing.”