Kings XI Punjab has got a new captain in the form of Kannur Lokesh Rahul (K. L. Rahul) for the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League. Lokesh Rahul, the new captain of the Kings XI Punjab team, has also expressed his intentions. KL Rahul has said that he is not worried about the burden of captaincy on his batting. However, he believes that it is a bit difficult to retain the previous form.
He also said that all the cricketers in the IPL would be 'little' nervous about the tournament which will start in UAE from this month. The 28-year-old batsman was in his best form in limited-overs cricket by the time World Cricket was stopped due to the Corona virus. KL Rahul play his last match for Karnataka against Bengal in the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy in February.
K. L. Rahul said in an interview, "Firstly, I think we are starting fresh and I don't think what happened seven months ago will matter now."
He went on to say, "We are entering this tournament at a time when we have not played much cricket. Therefore, I do not believe that my batting form will be the same as it was seven months ago. All of the cricketers are kind of nervous because we haven't played too much cricket, as I have already said. We are nervous about a big tournament like IPL, but this is the challenge of the game. Nobody expected it to happen."
Wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul said that he is excited to captain the Kings XI Punjab team in the IPL. He also said that he would like to captain with an open mind. He also told from where he has learned the qualities of captaincy. "As a captain I don't know whether this role will play good for my batting or be a hindrance, but I'm very keen on this responsibility," KL said.
He said on his captaincy role, "I have always enjoyed the role of captaincy and carried this responsibility on my shoulder. I am going to do it with an open mind. I will learn from it in every match." Asked if the expectations behind the wicket have increased after MS Dhoni retired, Lokesh Rahul said, "Yes, expectations are always there. Not only from me, but also from all those in the playing XI And all the 15 players who play for the country." KXIP are yet to win the IPL but according to Rahul the focus will not be on that; it would be on the process.
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