KL Rahul, one of the brightest cricketing prospects in the country, has revealed that a valuable piece of advice received from his experienced RCB teammate AB de Villiers during the last season of Indian Premier League changed his cricketing mindset very positively.
“It was last year from AB de Villiers. I got three or four back-to-back fifties in the IPL. Once, I was sitting with him, very disappointed that I couldn’t finish a game. I was unable to convert the fifties or sixties into bigger scores. I always felt I could get a 100 or 110 for my team, but I would get out on 50 or 60 which wasn’t helping the team and we lost a couple of games. I was frustrated and felt like banging my head against the wall”, Rahul told mid-day.
Often young cricketers tend to get overwhelmed by the urge to get bigger numbers. AB de Villiers aptly sensed the same urge in the 25-year-old and gave him a piece of wisdom for his junior.
“That’s when AB told me that I shouldn’t be chasing numbers. He told me that if I kept things simple, good things would come to me. He said cricket is a very simple game and the more you complicate it, the harder it gets. The simpler you keep things, the game will give you more in return, he said.”
The 2016 season was a breakthrough season for KL Rahul who was vastly categorised as a test specialist by most. However, with 397 runs at an average of 44.11 and strike-rate of 146.49 including four half-centuries, he squashed the misconception surrounding his playing style and also broke into the Indian limited overs team.
He made his debut during the tour to Zimbabwe shortly after the conclusion of the 2016 IPL season. Rahul carried the same form and accumulated runs without much hassle, kicking off the ODI series with by smashing his maiden ODI century.
He continued to flourish in all three formats for India and played a huge role in India’s wonderful 13-math home season which ended with the Border-Gavaskar series against Australia.
Unfortunately, he picked up a shoulder trouble after the lengthy season and was later ruled out of the 2017 edition of the IPL as well as the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England.