Former South African cricketer Shaun Pollock said that KL Rahul is slowly finding his feet as a captain. He suggested that the 30-year-old is growing in confidence and expects him to do well as a captain too. The veteran run-scorer has come under the scanner for not being proactive with his decisions on the field as well during the IPL 2022. Moreover, he has not enjoyed much success as a skipper as his side lost all three ODIs against South Africa earlier this year. He also lost the only Test he led against the Proteas at the Wanderers Stadium as well.
Speaking on Cricbuzz, Pollock opened up on this. Shaun Pollock explained: “A lot of people in the Indian setup who know Indian cricket really well have said that KL Rahul is a bit of a reluctant captain and is not a natural leader. But I think he is finding his feet and is coming to his own. When you are leading from the front with your performance, it makes the rest of the things easy.”
He continued. “KL Rahul has the ability and is far ahead than the rest. He is very moody and we have seen him in different moods on different occasions. He has always been very calm.”
However, KL Rahul has yet another chance to prove his ability as a leader in the upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa, which will begin on June 9. He has been appointed as the captain for the white-ball series in the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma. Along with him, Virat Kohli and a few other senior players will be absent too as well. And, former England captain Michael Vaughan also applauded Rahul as he believes he has the ability to do well across all formats.
He stated: “There’s something about KL when he gets going into that kind of a rhythm and form. You can transcend that kind of play and into 50-over cricket and Test match cricket. He just plays the pure way and I always tell young players to try and copy the likes of KL Rahul because that foundation gives you the chance to play all formats of the game successfully.”