With the teams gathering up to fly to the UAE for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it is obvious that teams and combinations would be talked about. KL Rahul, who would be captaining for the first time in the league feels Kings XI Punjab have the most versatile players in terms of batting.
“Ours is a team filled with impact players, power players – Mayank and [Nicholas] Pooran and Maxwell and [Jimmy] Neesham, and we have [Deepak] Hooda and Sarfaraz [Khan]. All of them can easily play 360 degrees. I can't think of any other team that has four, five batsmen who play like that,” Rahul told ESPNCricinfo in an interview.
Further focusing on the team’s success mantra, Rahul said that they would be a team that ‘adapts to different wickets, different situations’ and that according to him is ‘being aggressive’ rather than ‘going kaboom from ball one.’
Always admired MSD as a captain, he is my role model – Rahul
The 28-year-old further said that he has always enjoyed playing under the leadership of MS Dhoni and has admired him a lot. He would take inspiration from Dhoni while leading Kings XI Punjab in the UAE.
“It has always been MS Dhoni. I'm grateful that I've had the honor of playing under him and with him. Even Rohit [Sharma] is quite a good captain. Virat [Kohli] is a phenomenal captain. I have learned a lot from all of them and hopefully, I can use all of that knowledge when I am captaining,” Rahul said.
The wicket-keeper batsman then showed gratitude for Dhoni, saying that he just couldn’t write (on social media) about the 39-year-old when he retired.
“If we were ever in doubt, or if we wanted to look to somebody for answers, MS Bhai was always there. He knew when to push the players,” Rahul added.