"It has been a while since I opened the batting in a one-day international. Bit of nerves, but happy that I could get the team off to a start like that," Rahul said in a mid-innings interview aired on Star Sports.
The 27-year-old quelled doubts on whether he will be able to fill the shoes of the injured Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order by scoring 57 and sharing a 136-run opening stand with Rohit.
"I won't lie, I was nervous about the hype of the India-Pakistan game. But it was more because I hadn't opened the batting in a while. Getting an opportunity after almost two years... I was more nervous about that," said Rahul.
"We know that with Pakistan the initial threat was (Mohammad) Amir and Hasan Ali who can seam the ball a little bit. It was important for us to be smart and play out the first 10 overs. I am happy I did that," he added.