In his first high-profile captaincy project, KL Rahul is seeking to lead from the entrance and use the nuggets of management data he has collected whereas observing the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Nevertheless, changing Dhoni behind the stumps as a wicket-keeper would not make him aware. Rahul has been handed the Kings XI Punjab captaincy after two stellar IPL seasons with the bat on the high of the order. “After all. They (Dhoni and Kohli) have been essentially the most inspiring cricketers and leaders within the final 10 years at the very least. Having the chance to play underneath them is nice studying,” Rahul mentioned in a media interplay.

Following Dhoni’s worldwide retirement, Rahul has additionally emerged because the first-choice wicket-keeper batsman within the Indian crew. Does it put additional stress on him that his abilities behind the stumps might be always in contrast with World Cup-winning skipper?

“Does it make me aware? Not up to now at the very least,” mentioned Rahul. “My focus is solely on the IPL and getting some cricket underneath me. It (Dhoni’s place) is shoe or a spot no one can ever fill in Indian cricket.

“No matter position is given to me, it’s one thing I’m grateful for. The problem excites me. I’m not actually aware about it, I’m very clear about what my position is,” asserted Rahul.

Talking from Dubai, Rahul mentioned he has picked up the tips of the management commerce not simply from his India skippers but additionally opposition captains.

“We’re all the time always watching the sport on the sector, I all the time maintain my eyes open to studying,” mentioned Rahul

“You be taught loads watching the likes of Rohit (Mumbai Indians captain and India captain at 2018 Asia Cup).

“Guys like Kane Wiliamson. Hopefully, it (the learnings) is all saved behind my head (for me to make use of within the match),” Rahul added.

To begin with at the very least, Rahul might be opening the batting and wicket-keeping in addition to plotting the opposition’s downfall as captain. It might be an excessive amount of work in a high-pressure occasion just like the IPL however Rahul is worked up in regards to the problem.

“I do not know whether it is going play an element or hamper something however I’m fairly trying ahead to the duty, it’s one thing I’ve all the time loved. I’m going in with an open thoughts and be taught on the go,” Rahul mentioned.

“It’s a enormous bonus to have somebody like Anil bhai (head coach) who comes with a lot expertise. He is aware of precisely what the gamers undergo and the challenges concerned,” he added.

Earlier than the crew’s departure to Dubai, Rahul had spoken in regards to the fears he had developed about his recreation throughout lockdown.

The KXIP squad has been coaching for greater than every week now and skipper mentioned it’s regular for gamers to really feel nervous or anxious getting back from the most likely longest break of their careers.

“We’re all barely nervous as a result of we’ve not performed quite a lot of cricket and match just like the IPL is big,” mentioned Rahul. 

“I might be mendacity if I mentioned all of us will not be nervous in any respect however that’s the problem of sport. Nobody anticipated this to occur.

“It will be significant we use these three weeks to get sufficient time engaged on our abilities. Play quite a lot of balls and bowlers bowl quite a lot of balls and slowly construct up being aware that our our bodies haven’t taken a lot load in months,” he added.


The pitches throughout Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are anticipated be on the slower side and all groups are getting ready accordingly.

“If the wickets are going to be sluggish the method must be try to deliver down the goal from 180-190 to 160-170. It will be significant that the set batsman carries on until the 20th over (in such circumstances),” Rahul added.

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