It was a candy first for Ok.L. Rahul as he captained India to victory for the primary time in Assessments within the opening match towards Bangladesh right here. The margin of victory — 188 runs — was complete, nevertheless it didn’t come straightforward, for the house facet put up a spirited combat within the second innings.
“You’re by no means going to get a win that’s straightforward,” mentioned Rahul, who had additionally led within the Johannesburg Take a look at in January towards South Africa that India misplaced. “We now have performed sufficient cricket to know that there will probably be phases when the opposition performs properly and we have to respect that.
“I’m very proud that all through the Take a look at our vitality and depth had been actually excessive. We hadn’t performed Take a look at cricket for some time and there was a fear coming in about how the our bodies would react… spending a lot time within the park whereas sustaining our depth and focus. We did that basically properly and that’s very pleasing.”
Bowling Bangladesh out for 150 within the first innings was key, felt Rahul. “It gave us a number of time. If Bangladesh had received 300, 350 this sport was headed for a draw. We might have tried to make a sport out of it, however it could have been arduous. Getting them out early within the first innings actually set us up.”
The 30-year-old felt it was a near-complete efficiency. “There are areas the place we will enhance, however I’ll take the win. Everybody carried out and did their jobs. Kuldeep [Yadav] and [Mohd.] Siraj bowled very well within the first innings.”
“Within the second innings, Axar [Patel] bowled very properly however Ashwin and Kuldeep saved up the strain. Umesh [Yadav] and Siraj too. General it was good and that is what we needed to do as a staff. Batters who received begins and bowlers who received a few wickets will probably be trying ahead to the subsequent Take a look at,” added Rahul, who scored 22 and 23, and rushed to practise on the nets instantly after his media duties.