KL Rahul Enjoying His Versatile Role for India

KXIP man ready for Australia series

Cricket Fans India

KL Rahul says he is happy to play any role for India as long as it helps the team.

He successfully kept wicket and batted in the middle-order when India welcomed Australia for an ODI series earlier this year.

It looks like he will keep that role when the sides meet Down Under this week.

The first of three one-day clashes begin in Sydney on Friday. Those will then be followed by three T20Is and a Test series.

Meanwhile, the Kings XI skipper has also been made vice-captain for the upcoming white-ball series.

Filling different roles is something the Karnataka batsman is embracing, especially with successive T20 World Cups on the horizon.

“The last ODI series we played I batted at five and kept wickets. It's a role I quite enjoyed and happy to play the role the team gives me,” Rahul said in an interview from Sydney.

“World Cups are important and is a long vision for every team. We are still taking it one game at a time. If I stay consistent, it gives us the option of playing an extra bowler or batsman. It's a role I would love to do,” he added.

Rahul happy with extra responsibility

Meanwhile, Rahul believes his recent experience in the Indian Premier League will help him in Australia.

He had to juggle many responsibilities for KXIP as he skippered the side, opened the batting and donned the gloves.

“I did get a little bit of a feeler with the IPL – I had to play similar roles there as well,” he said.

“It was challenging, it was new. But I think I got used to that role and I started enjoying it.

“Hopefully [I can] continue the same here. When you are playing for your country, you have eleven of the best guys from the country, they are all skilled, they have great cricketing minds and they have a great understanding all by themselves.

“We have an able and passionate leader like Virat who will always be there for the boys, it just makes your job a little bit easier.

“I'm looking forward to the new responsibility, it's something that every player looks forward to doing and it's a very proud moment.

“So hopefully I can continue putting up the same performances and maybe take it one or two steps ahead and make sure that the team environment is great and the players are hungry and looking forward to winning games for their country.”

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