KL Rahul’s phenomenal century against South Africa in the 1st Test has not only earned accolades but also brought forth his composed demeanor amid criticism and trolls, leaving Sunil Gavaskar to label it as one of the top 10 centuries in Indian Test cricket history.
When confronted about the harsh criticism and trolling, Rahul displayed remarkable poise, stating, “What will I achieve by engaging with it? People will say what they want to. As a public performer, my performance is the only measure to deflect criticism. Staying away from social media brings more peace.”
Acknowledging Gavaskar’s praise, Rahul expressed gratitude, calling it a significant compliment following his impressive 137-ball 101.
Reflecting on his time away from the game due to injury, Rahul highlighted the importance of personal growth, stating, “International cricket challenges you not just as a player but as a person. During my break, I worked on improving myself. I had a support system guiding me through.”
While admitting the impact of social media comments, he emphasized the need to discern and limit their influence, saying, “Those applauding today were criticizing a few months back. Everyone feels the impact of social media comments, but distancing oneself helps maintain a better mindset.”
Despite South Africa’s advantageous position, Rahul noted the fluctuating nature of the Centurion wicket, remarking on its unpredictability and the challenge it poses to batsmen.
Offering insights into batting strategies, particularly in the middle-order, Rahul emphasized adaptability over extensive planning. “Adapting to the game situation is crucial. You must stay mentally flexible and prepared to bat with the tail,” he shared, underlining the importance of staying unencumbered by overthinking.
His composed innings on the field mirrored his mature outlook off the field, encapsulating Rahul’s resilience and wisdom in both cricketing prowess and navigating the complexities of public scrutiny.