KL Rahul thrives on proving doubters wrong


KL Rahul has scored 199 runs in his maiden ODI series, including an unbeaten hundred on debut, proving his critics wrong along the way.

Rahul was lambasted by critics after a poor performance in his Test debut, against Australia in Adelaide, but fought back in his second Test notching his first ton in Sydney.

The unconventional batsman is building a career proving people wrong. Unfancied for the shorter form of the game until this year's IPL, where Rahul shone despite playing in a team that featured superstars AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle.

In a recent interview with bcci.tv Rahul hit back at critics and encouraged others who have been written off to never give up, saying: "To all the guys who have been branded Test players, your coaches or teammates in the dressing room can tell you you're not good enough. I never thought they were right,"

The Royal Challengers Bangalore star highlighted his hard work, motivated by doubters: "I knew I was blessed with certain skills. I worked hard on my game, made sure that my strengths became so strong that everytime the ball was there it went for a boundary. You need to be quick and fit for ODIs and T20s. If you are a good fielder, it gives you an edge. the captain always likes a good fielders,"

India's first player to score a century on ODI debut, called on young players to believe in themselves and to be the final judge of what is best for their game, saying: "You don't have to do what your coaches and elders say all the time. My advice would be not to listen to people. You know best about your game. If someone says, you can't do something, prove them wrong."

Rahul will now get his chance to show what he can do in T20Is as India take on Zimbabwe in three clashes at the Harare Sport's Club.