KL Rahul 'next big thing' for Team India, but is KXIP captaincy hurting?

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Last Updated: Fri, Oct 9th, 2020, 16:49:05hrs
KL Rahul

There are a few things KL Rahul can't do on a cricket field. And it is still early days to judge him as a captain. He can bat - as an opener, one down, at No.3 or 4 - it hardly affects his approach. The Karnataka batsman still remains steady and performs to the best of his ability regardless of the batting position.

Rahul has a neat glovework to add to his case. And his street-smart approach helps him adapt quickly. It also makes him reliable for the side he represents.

His captaincy, however, has not been effective on the outset as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have settled at the bottom of the table. However, it has only been over two weeks since he has donned the captaincy hat, and he is still to mature with experience. 

But the big positive for the wicket-keeper batsman is that he has shown no signs of taking the captaincy pressure. In fact, by his own admission, he is the captain only during the toss and a player during rest of the match.

Rahul, however, waited for his opportunity and grabbed it with both the hands. He waited as Rishabh Pant was seen as the first choice wicket-keeper batsman across formats. But failed to click as per expectations. It was then on to him to prove his potential and he did it with grace and aplomb.

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In the past few months, while there are still talks about Pant, the Karnataka batsman has cemented his place as the top-choice wicket-keeper batsman for the national team. 

And with the 2021 World Cup set to take place in India next year, he might well prove to be crucial for the side. His fine run in the IPL 2020 thus far is a testament to that. 

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