KL Rahul, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, and KXIP captain have admitted that the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown taught him to grateful for a lot of things in life.
The outbreak of Covid-19 drove all the sportsmen within the safe confines of their home as the world went into a complete lockdown. Rahul, who was at the height of his powers before the onset of the pandemic, said that he was grateful for the amount of time he got to spend with his family during the lockdown. He also added that the pandemic gave him an opportunity to reach out and help less fortunate people.
“It taught me to be grateful for a lot of things in life like just being healthy and having food on the table. During the period I also learnt to be a lot more patient. I’m grateful that I got to spend quality time with my family, which I haven’t been able to do since my junior cricket days. It gave me an opportunity to reach out to and help less fortunate people. Also, I learnt to cook.” KL Raul told Times of India.
‘I was scared’- KL Rahul
Rahul also admitted that he was scared wondering whether his skills would remain the same post his return to sport. He also recalled having nightmares that he had forgotten to pick the line and length of the delivery.
“I was scared. I kept wondering if my skills would remain the same when I returned to the sport. I had nightmares. A couple of times I woke up in the middle of the night because I dreamt I had forgotten how to pick the line and length. It scared the hell out of me. To be honest, when I went back to play the first session, it was horrible because I was rusty.” he added.
“Not having that chance to go to the gym or practice was frustrating. But we adapted well. We managed to put together gyms at home. Some of us started cycling, running in the car parks of apartments. We didn’t have a choice. There were days when I was annoyed and frustrated, but I kept telling myself there were a lot of others having it much harder and tougher in life.” Rahul added.
KL Rahul will be leading the Kings XI Punjab unit in the forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League.