KL Rahul is seen as the next batting star of Indian cricket. A rare player who can play comfortably in all formats, Rahul has impressed one and all with his brilliant display in the recently concluded Test and T20 series against West Indies. The youngster is currently enjoying some time off from the game as he is looking to get set for the bumper home season where India is scheduled to play 13 Test matches. The right-handed batsman recently had an interview with Deccan Chronicle where he spoke on various topics.
On his recent performances and his plans for the upcoming home season:
I hope I keep performing the same way and go from strength to strength. We have some very competitive teams coming in the next six to eight months with all the games being played in India, it will be very challenging. I’ve had a good season starting from April, but I have to leave that behind me and take the confidence and form into the next couple of months and give better performances.
On receiving a compliment from his RCB teammate Chris Gayle where he said that Rahul would give Virat Kohli a run for his money:
It’s good to hear someone like Chris giving me compliments, but it’s too early for me to do it. All I can say is I will work as hard as I possibly can and try to replicate whatever he’s done for the country. Virat’s consistency, dedication and passion for the game are unreal. We feel lucky to be playing with him and have him as captain, I hope I can give him a run for his money.
On his love for the game:
Cricket was big in our family too. That’s where the love for the game started. At 11, my dad put me in a summer camp. My coaches recognised me early and I started training from a very young age.
On his eye-catching sense of style:
If I think I can carry something off, I’ll go out there and do it confidently and I think that reflects on my game as well. I’m not shy to be adventurous on and off the field. I like to experiment with my hair, there’s only a certain age when you can do all this. When you’re 30, married and have kids, you can’t do all this! I always love keeping myself updated about fashion.
On how he deals with the huge female attention:
I’ve always got attention from the ladies, but I never really let it go to my head. I enjoy it but don’t think too much of it. They all love the cricketer Rahul, but only my friends and family know the real me.