KL Rahul is one of the captaincy prospects, who led India in South Africa. He was given the captain’s armband for the second Test against the hosts. Rahul recently recalled his conversation with Virat Kohli on the morning of the Test which surprised him.
The 33-year-old was leading India in the Test series. The visitors had won the opening Test and were looking to script history by winning their first ever Test series in the Rainbow nation.
But Kohli had injured his back ahead of the match and Rahul had to lead the team. Speaking on Red Bull Cricket Room on Clubhouse, Rahul recalled that he was not expecting to captain India so early before revealing the chat he had with Kohli which surprised him.
“Like everyone else, it came to me as a huge surprise to me,” said Rahul.
“I was the vice-captain and as a vice-captain you prepare yourself to lead India in future. Virat (Kohli) came to me in the bus and said, ‘My back is not feeling great, you might have to captain the team.”
“It didn’t put me off. When that ‘C’ in the team list is written in front of your name, it is something you are proud of. It is an honour that not many players get. I was very happy, very grateful.”
Unfortunately for Rahul, India lost the second match by seven wickets leaving the series level at 1-1.
“The result didn’t go our way but it was a learning experience for me and I enjoyed it. South Africa played really well and we also gave our best.”