KL Rahul has taken the place of MS Dhoni as a wicketkeeper-batsman in white-ball cricket. Becoming the successor of a great keeper will surely add the pressure on Rahul, who admits that nobody can fill the big shoes of the former Indian captain. But he hopes that he could carry out Dhoni’s teachings perfectly in the field in the upcoming series against Australia.
KL Rahul first time donned the gloves in T20I during the last tour of India to New Zealand. After Rishabh Pant was benched because of a concussion, he got the opportunity to take up the role and also went on to impress with his stumping. In the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, he dazzled with his stumping against Mumbai Indians when the match went to second super over. While being the wicketkeeper-batsman, he also captained the team without any pressure.
MS Dhoni has shown how wicketkeeping is done: KL Rahul
KL Rahul believes that nobody could be like MS Dhoni, but he wants to follow the footstep of him. He said that he has learned from the former Indian cricketer that how one should carry out the keeper’s role.
“Look, obviously, nobody can fill the place of MS Dhoni. He has shown us the way and shown the wicketkeeper batsman’s role and how it should be done. We have learnt a lot from MS Dhoni,” KL Rahul told the press on Wednesday.
Rahul added that he would share the feedback and tips with the spinners after making observations behind the stumps. He would guide them to bowl at better length and what pace to bowl at.
“With players like Yuzi (Yuzvendra Chahal), Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) and Kuldeep (Yadav) and the other spinners in the team, we have a decent friendship, decent understanding in the middle. I will probably go and give them feedback as to what I feel can be a better length and better pace to bowl at. I can tell them if they are doing something wrong,” he added.
KL Rahul hopes that he could perform better than the New Zealand series and share good advice to bowlers and captain.
“Like I said, I have done this in one series in New Zealand, I quite enjoyed it. Hopefully, I can get better at reading the game and I can give the bowlers and the captain some good feedback from behind the stumps.”
As Rohit Sharma will not feature in the white-ball series, KL Rahul has been made Virat Kohli’s deputy. Also, after having outstanding IPL season, he has also been recalled in the Test team.