Ahead of his team’s clash against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Sunday, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) capatin KL Rahul has said that it was too early to answer question regarding his captaincy.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with India Today, KL Rahul said that he had captain his state team Karnataka in the past but getting into the leadership role at this level was something very new and different. KL Rahul added that he has learnt from the various captains he has played under and watched on the TV.
The 28-year-old, who led from the front and smashed an unbeaten 132 against RCB on Thursday, said that he was excited like everybody else about his captaincy.
“Quite obviously too soon to answer any question on my captaincy as I haven’t done it in a long time. I have captained state team but it’s a whole different format and level of cricket so I don’t know much about it, I don’t know how will I react. I am going on with an open mind and going to do to everything possible as a player,” KL Rahul said while talking to India Today’s Consulting Editor (Sports) Boria Majumdar before the RR clash.
“Everybody plays the game thinking they are the leader of the team. In the last 6-7 months I have been wicketkeeping and that helps me access the game better and set field and take decision for the team. There are a lot of things have learned from other captains whom I have played with and watched on TV.
“You guys can tell me what kind of captain I was, was I different from what you have seen. I am as excited as everybody else. I haven’t seen how I react when leading the team,” he added.
While, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) lost a nail-biting thriller against Delhi Capitals (DC) in a Super Over and then came back very strongly to beat Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 97runs, Rajsasthan Royals (RR) kicked off their campaign against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with a 16-run win.