KL Rahul, the stylish Indian batsman, feels that he is pretty lucky to get the opportunity to captain an IPL team.
Rahul, 28, will be making his captaincy debut in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. The swashbuckling opening batsman was appointed as the captain of Kings XI Punjab ahead of the 13th edition last year.
“For any player, this is the way he would have his career to go. At 28, to lead the country or an IPL team is a dream,” KL Rahul told Times of India.
Rahul added that he has full confidence in how he reads the game and feels he can make good decisions with the help of the team.
“‘I’m happy my career’s headed in that direction. I am somebody who’s proactive and always thinking about the game. I’m confident that I have a decent reading of the game and can make good decisions with the support of the team’ he added.
‘It’s important for a leader to make a player feel comfortable’- KL Rahul
With cricketing action resuming after such a long break, KL Rahul understands that players will be rusty and this is where he feels, that he, as a leader, will have the responsibility of making the players feel comfortable.
“As a leader, you will have to be mindful of the fact that a lot of players will be rusty. We will all be nervous because we are restarting the game with a major tournament without much action in recent times,” Rahul added
” So, it’s important for a leader to make the players feel comfortable and let them know that it’s okay to feel like that initially. That said, it will be a good learning experience for each one of us because we have a great set of coaches and support staff,” he said.
The 13th season of the cash-rich league will kickstart in the United Arab Emirates from September 19.