Rahul speaks on how India needs to change in white-ball cricket as well as on his leadership skills

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The vice-captain of the Indian team, KL Rahul stepped up for an interview with Sports Today in which he revealed that India needs to change their ODI team and also talked about his leadership skills.

India, under KL Rahul’s captaincy, suffered a 3-0 whitewash against the Proteas on Sunday. They lost the last match by 4 runs.

KL Rahul said in the interview,

It’s a huge honour and it’s a dream come true to represent my country and lead my country. Yes, the results didn’t go our way but I think there were massive learnings. We are at a stage right now where we have World Cups as the focus and we are working towards getting better as a team. I feel like we have played very good cricket over the last four or five years but it’s also time for us to get better and transform our white-ball cricket.

Rahul confident of his leadership skills

Rahul speaks on how India needs to change in white-ball cricket as well as on his leadership skills, Six Sports

Although the decision to make Rahul captain of the Indian team irked many experts, the 29-year-old is not disturbed by it at all.

Experts have suggested that Rahul may have blown off his chances for being a long-term option as captain for India.

During the ODI series against South Africa, Rahul saw how Temba Bavuma used Aiden Markram during the initial overs of the matches and gained success as a result.

But, when he used Ravichandran Ashwin in the initial overs of the match, the plan backfired on Team India as the South African batters smashed Ashwin’s bowling to a pulp.

Adding further in the interview, Rahul said,

I don’t use that as an excuse for not winning, but I think we are a work in progress as a team. I learned so much while leading. Losses make you much stronger than starting off with victories. My career has always been that way. I have always got everything slowly. I am confident in my leadership skills and I know that I can bring out the best from my players. I know I can do well for my country and franchise.

India started the South Africa tour with a bang by winning the first Test match in Centurion but after that suffered five straight losses. They will now host the Windies next month in a T20I and ODI series.

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