Rahul eager to impress on home soil

India batsman KL Rahul is looking forward to the Test series at home against New Zealand this month, and vows to keep playing his brand of exciting cricket, no matter the format.

Rahul has played only eight Tests, but his most recent series against the West Indies was a fruitful one, and he’s happy to show he’s more than a white ball player.

But he won’t change the way he plays, even though this is a rare chance to play in Tests at home. The risk will be worth the reward, he feels, and hopes to put into practice the lessons gleaned from Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.

Rahul told Cricinfo: “I am really excited about coming back to India and playing some international games. I have been part of Test teams that have played in India before but haven’t got a chance in the XI.

“I am really hungry to do well in India, I have played here all my life. I feel like I know the conditions well, but you never know. It can be different when you play international cricket, and I understand that.

“I am really keen to go out there and start well in the first Test in Kanpur.

“I quite enjoy playing the longer format. I’m not saying I enjoy T20 or 50-over formats any less, but each format challenges you differently.

“I have been very consistent in domestic cricket and I hope I can continue with the same form in international cricket as well. I look to keep things simple irrespective of the format.

“I look to play my shots. I will play proper cricketing shots, but if the ball is there to be hit, I will hit it. That is something that won’t change with any format.

“With competitive and quality sides coming in the next six-eight months, it will be a big challenge, and if I can keep things simple and have the same attitude and approach as the last six months, I think I’ll do better.

“I have learnt a lot from the series in the West Indies and Sri Lanka a year ago. I have learnt a lot sitting outside and watching people play.

“The likes of [M] Vijay, Virat [Kohli] and Ajinkya [Rahane] – how they have been successful in Test cricket, I have learnt a lot from sitting in the dressing room.

“I am eager to go out there and perform like they have in the last few years, and the home series should be a big challenge.”

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