KL Rahul share their mantra to successMay 7, 2018
In pursuit of a target of 153, KL Rahul anchored Kings XI Punjab’s chase with an unbeaten 84 and led his team to a six-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals in Indore. The opener had given his team some explosive starts and set up matches in the first half of VIVO IPL 2018, but against RR he guided his team to victory with a well-paced knock.
Discussing his innings and the mindset for the chase, Rahul said, “I try to keep the same focus in every match that I go out to bat. I want to get as many runs as I can in the powerplay. (However,) I think I haven’t converted those starts into big runs for the team; as an opening batsman that’s what is crucial. If you get off to a good start, even if you get the run rate down a bit in the middle overs, if you are set till the end you can do the most damage. That’s what I learnt from the first leg (of the tournament) before we broke off for eight days.”
“Those were the things I was thinking about sitting back at home. I wanted to come here with a fresher approach and try to win as many games as I can. (I wanted to) try to bat deep in the innings and that was the plan and I am very happy that it paid off today,” he explained while speaking about his approach.
Rahul has been tasked with the job of donning the gloves for KXIP, and the opener admitted that wicket-keeping had also helped his batting.. “I enjoy wicket-keeping in the shorter format. If it is in the longer format, then ‘keeping for a longer time and then going out to bat as soon as the innings is finished is little hard on the body. I have always enjoyed wicket-keeping in T20s. I think it gives me a good view of what the wicket is doing, like in the second innings today, I knew how the wicket was playing and what were the right shots to play on this wicket even before I went out to bat. So that helps.”
Speaking about his role behind the stumps further, Rahul added, “Standing behind I know exactly how to set the field and (Ravichandran) Ashwin has given me that freedom to set the fielders accordingly. So I am enjoying both the roles.”
Rahul expressed delight at the performance of the bowlers, and said to Andrew Tye in a post-match chat, “As a bowling unit we are learning with each game and I am very happy with the way our bowlers have been brave, even though in a couple of games we have gone for runs. It is T20, and you know better than me that in T20 there will be a couple of games where the bowlers will go for big runs. But the way we have come back after every game is something that I am really happy standing behind the stumps.”