KL Rahul shares his lessons as a leader.© Twitter
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season is upon us and fans are eagerly awaiting how right-handed batter KL Rahul leads the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) – one of two new franchises in this edition. Having led the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in past editions, captaincy is not something new for Rahul, and the batter has revealed his one important lesson during his stint as skipper. Lucknow Super Giants begin their campaign on March 28.
“In terms of the final numbers, I would be happy if I can do the same as I have done for the past 3-4 seasons. But this is one of my lessons as a leader; having good and powerful players in the lower middle. Order is very important for the team to be successful in the long run, which is why we chose Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya and Deepak Hooda in the middle order,” Rahul told Sports Tak.
The right-handed batter talked about having a strong middle and lower order to achieve success in the shortest form of the game. He also said that having a strong batting formation allows the highest order to be aggressive from the get-go.
“If your mid- and lower-mid order is strong, it gives the openers the freedom to be aggressive in the first six. So yes, I’m playing that role and I’ll try to take advantage of the power play and get the team off to a good start But at the same time, I’ve been a player who always tries to play the situation. I don’t limit myself to a single role. If you need 130-140 runs to win, what’s the point of playing with a stroke rate of 200,” Rahul said.
“I always think about how I can win the game for the team. I encourage my players to play the same way. We would be aggressive, but we would give the team an edge over the personal game. nobody say ‘this is the only way I can play, this is my natural game’. That’s not how a team game should be played,” the Lucknow skipper continued.
The IPL 2022 season kicks off on March 26 with the tournament opener played between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. Lucknow will start their campaign on March 28 against the Gujarat Titans.
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