Indian Test opener KL Rahul, who had a decent series against Sri Lanka said in a recent interview that Virat Kohli as the skipper of the Test side brings in a lot of positivity and optimism. Rahul, who scored a fine century in the second Test against Sri Lanka, lauded the Indian Test skipper for his enthusiasm and hunger to succeed for his side.
A major issue though for Rahul personally has been his inconsistency that has plagued him. Rahul admitted to that and said, “Of course, I have to be more consistent. As an opener, one needs to make sure that you’re building the right foundation for the team. I agree that I did not perform well in a couple of Tests. But I am still a bit new in international cricket and I am taking it in my stride. It is important that I treat successes and failures equally and learn from it to become a better player.”
Rahul also spoke about his dismissals in the third test when he was castled in both the innings while trying to leave the balls. “What exactly happened was that the ball moved and hit the stumps. I’m not thinking too much about it. You do get out in international cricket in different ways and I’ve gotten out like this for the first time in my career,” he said.
Praising Virat Kohli and team manager Ravi Shastri for their efforts, Rahul said, “It’s a lot of fun batting with Virat. I enjoy having him around. He brings positivity in the team and the way he approaches each game is wonderful. I get to learn a lot from it. I’ve been a great admirer of his batting.” “Shastri is a positive person. We enjoy having him in the dressing room. I’ve never heard him say anything negative and that is kind of mentor you want. He encourages the boys to be themselves and be aggressive,” said Rahul.
The Karnataka opener was also eager to face Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in the upcoming series against South Africa. “I’m looking forward to playing these guys. They are currently the best bowlers and the best bowling unit in the world. It would be exciting and it’s also going to be a very challenging series. I’m thrilled about it,” he said.