"Was Hard To Go Against…": KL Rahul Talks About Challenges In Captaincy

Apr18,2024



KL Rahul found instant success as captain of Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL and he put it down mainly to trusting his instincts, something he had not done enough of in his early days as a leader. Rahul led LSG to the playoffs in the franchise's first two years in the IPL and the team managed to make it three times in a row this season. Before joining LSG, Rahul captained Punjab Kings for two seasons but could not take them to the playoffs. The right-handed batsman has also captained India.

Rahul feels he has struck the right balance between building up his courage and listening to the advice of the team management.

He told his teammate, “Building a team is about the players you pick, the key positions you can't afford to miss in the auction. In the first few years of captaincy, I'm not ashamed to admit that , I made some mistakes too.” YouTube channel of Indian teammate R Ashwin.

Rahul is currently working with head coach Justin Langer and has worked closely with Anil Kumble and Andy Flower in the past.

“When you take up captaincy there is a lot of information coming in. Which one to take and which one not to take and it has to be seen that you have an internal feeling which is contrary to what the coach is saying.

“In the beginning, it was hard to go against it because culturally we are taught to respect elders. Somehow things didn't go as planned and I wasn't able to sleep. I realized that you not only have to build trust and bonds but also “The need is with the players, but also with the coaches, we both want the same thing.”

Asked to talk about the leadership style of current Indian captain Rohit Sharma and predecessor Virat Kohli, Rahul said, “Rohit brought a sense of calmness to the dressing room. The passion remains the same. It also helps that people have Have understood your role.” Enough time to get into those roles.

“Virat had already set the benchmark on how to be on the field and Rohit calmed down a bit and moved forward,” Rahul said.

He also described MS Dhoni and Kane Williamson as true gentlemen of the game.

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