Watching his ward KL Rahul repel James Anderson and chums in Trent Bridge and Lord’s rolled back the years for his coach Samuel Jayaraj. “It’s the same way he used to bat when he was 16-17. His batting was so full of joy.” More than the runs he has put on board, or the finesse of his technique, it’s the “joy in his batting” that the coach always looks out for in his student. It’s a trait especially savored because of the context. “It (when he was out of the team) was the most negative or useless I have been ever in my life. There was a lot of fake sympathies thrown at me,” Rahul had said in a Red Bull show. “I didn’t know when I would be playing for my country again, will I get back my position?”By joy, the coach means he is batting with a “free and clear mind”. Of all the virtues that have shone on Rahul, it’s the clarity of mind that has dazzled the brightest.