The talented Karnataka and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman KL Rahul said their new coach Anil Kumble has asked them to their own decision.
KL Rahul is part of the Indian squad which will visit the West Indies for a four-Test series. The squad is currently preparing at National Cricket Academy in Bangalore under the coaching of Anil Kumble.
“We had a few interactions with him (Kumble) and he has stressed on few things — he has made it clear that he will let the boys take a decision by themselves. When we have trouble or any queries and we need to ask, we can go up to him and it is wonderful set-up,” Rahul told BCCI.TV.
“It’s a great boost for a young team like ours to have a legend like Anil Kumble in the team who will mentor and coach us. He is sharing with us the experiences that he has had in his cricketing career,” the 24-year-old said.
“He is somebody who has so much cricketing knowledge and has spent so much time in international cricket. He is an ideal guy for us to look up to. We are looking forward working with Anil Kumble and getting better personally and also as a team,” said Rahul, who has scored 256 runs in 5 Test matches including two centuries against Australia and Sri Lanka respectively.
Rahul has had an outstanding ODI series in Zimbabwe. After the series Rahul got a week long break tp relax at home.
“It’s little quick, but I did get a couple of days break and spent some time at home. It was a good break for me. It’s unfortunate that the weather has not been on our side and we couldn’t go out there and practice. But we did put in a few hours in indoors and try to get some practice.”
Rahul so far played two Test under his belt. Since his debut against Australia, he has scored two hundred that reflected his love for the Test cricket.
However, it will be difficult for him to find a place in the team until an opener gets injured or drop from the team due to bad performance in the Caribbean.
“Test cricket is always a lot more challenging than the rest of the formats and we enjoy playing Tests. It’s been a while since I played a Test (August 2015 vs Sri Lanka) and to see the white clothes again puts a smile on my face,” said the soft-spoken Mangalore lad.
“We will like to use the next two-three weeks before the first Test well. We have a couple of practice games and therefore we have a lot of time on our hand. We can make the best use of the time and prepare well. We should be prepared well before going to West Indies and have a series victory under our belt.”