Indian keeper-batsman KL Rahul is not only one of the talented cricketers in India but perhaps the best batsman for Kings XI Punjab in the last two years. While KL Rahul played solely as a batsman and keeper so far, in the upcoming IPL season, he will have an additional responsibility of captaining the side. As he embarks on his maiden captaincy stint, the 28-year old has shared some traits of the captains he has played under.
Kings XI Punjab has been one of the most underperforming sides of the lot. Their best season so far came in 2014 when they reached the finals under George Bailey. However, they lost to the Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament decider. KXIP finished 6th and 7th in the last two editions respectively while KL Rahul was the only silver lining for them, averaging comfortably over 50.
Having shared the dressing room with stalwarts like MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli, Rahul stated that Dhoni’s calmness and backing the players has always been his hallmark. The Karanataka-born cricketer continued saying that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma always play with passion and focus on keep getting better. KL Rahul mentioned that they wanted to play more cricket with Dhoni as his composure was invaluable to the dressing room environment.
“Yes, yes. Dhoni’s calmness and belief showed in backing players who had the potential to be matchwinners. Virat’s passion in the way he leads, the way he wants the boys to be better and better. Rohit always plays with a passion and backs players. Like the rest of the country I too was emotional, we all would have wanted to play some more cricket with him. As I said, his calmness was insane and valuable in the dressing room,” Rahul stated as quoted by Times Now.
“You can’t plan too much because it could be confusing” : KL Rahul
India’s newest limited-overs gloveman admits that the job will be a challenging one and aims to make decisions based on the moment. He feels that one can’t plan too much in advance; otherwise, there arises confusion.
“I know it will be harder than I think. I am not going in with any expectations like I have played cricket for so many years. I will get on the field and try to make decisions at the moment. You can’t plan too much because it could be confusing,” he added.