The fiery Indian opener, KL Rahul is looking forward to picking MS Dhoni’s brain in the next few weeks, as he wants to utilize every bit of advice from the Indian team’s mentor. Rahul also revealed that Dhoni’s presence brings a sense of calm into the dressing room. Rahul said that there couldn’t have been a better mentor than Dhoni in what promises to be a tough journey.
During a Clubhouse session on ten years of Red Bull Campus Cricket, “Obviously, MS Dhoni back with the team feels amazing because we have played under him and we have looked towards him as a mentor even when he was our captain. The bubble is really hard. It was all okay when it started with the IPL in 2020. We came out of five months of no cricket so we were excited to just play cricket. But the bio bubbles have been going on for so long that it is really hard”
MS Dhoni has often been described as an emotion that binds everyone and above all, the Indian dressing room. Rahul had a similar observation, describing him as the man everyone looks up to.
KL Rahul elaborated, “We loved having him in the dressing room when he was the captain. We have all looked up to him to help us out, to have him here is amazing. This gives us a sense of calmness, I have enjoyed spending time with him in the first two to three days and it has been a lot of fun. Looking forward to chewing his brain about cricket, captaincy, and all things cricket.”
Rahul has been one of the most consistent T20 performers, with an astounding tally of 659, 593, 670, and 626 runs in the last four editions of IPL. And the fact that the last one-and-a-half IPL seasons have taken place in the UAE makes him confident of a good show from himself and the team.
Describing the same, KL Rahul said, “Playing consistently has helped me. The six-seven IPL games have helped us adapt to the conditions. The experience of playing in UAE last year helped me know what shots to play and will put me in good stead in preparing for the upcoming World Cup.”
Despite the fact that KL Rahul has been in biobubbles since June, he sees the positive side of the bubble, according to him, is getting to know teammates better as there is very little in-person interaction with the outside world.