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Under pressure, KL Rahul turned to his pre-IPL captain years to breathe fire. Of many delightful shots, one stood out: a wristy whippy flick for six over wide midwicket off a length delivery around off and middle from Hazlewood who raised his eyebrow in surprise at the shot selection. Though it wasn’t as stunning as the six he hit in the Asia Cup game against Pakistan off Naseem Shah when he twirled his wrists but incredibly hit a length delivery on leg and middle over long-off. That was something.
This fiery knock and the context it came in can be best summed up by a tattoo on KL Rahul’s body: Deshi Basara, which means “Rise”.
His friend David Mathias, with whom he works occasionally on his game too, had once told this newspaper about it.
“Of all the tattoos, he was most excited and proud to show that Batman tattoo”.“Deshi Basara! It means “Rise” and it was such a cool scene from The Batman - Dark Knight too,” Mathias had said. That it was. In that scene, it’s established that only adrenaline could boost the body’s abilities beyond the normal that Batman needs to escape the really high pit. He uses the fear of dying to pump up his adrenaline as he leaps and climbs out of that pit to deafening cries of ‘Deshi Basara’ from the prisoners huddled below.
In his real life, Rahul prefers to climb out of batting pits through his calm and composure. “That’s how he has been all his life. You should see his parents – solid, intelligent (both professors) and calmer than Rahul even. He gets it from them. Doesn’t get flustered much at all.”.