Rahul feels that the Indian team management has been able to create an environment that bridges the gap between a good player and a great player. “It’s this kind of environment that can help transform a player from a good player to a great player, he can play a lot more innings winning more matches for his team,” said Rahul. 42 For India The top-order batsman, who has scored runs at an average of over 46 with the help of five hundreds in ODIs, said, “It is very important for a player to get the support of the selectors, coach and captain. It gives you so much confidence that your mindset becomes clear and you can focus on the essentials.’?
The player has suffered multiple injuries during his career and has just recovered from sports hernia surgery. “Injuries are part of the game and it hasn’t shown me mercy but it is part of the journey,” Rahul said. Rahul has been out of the team since the start of the T20 International series against South Africa at home in June. Originality is very important and Rahul believes that in his short stint as a leader, he has tried to maintain his identity and allow other team members to maintain their individual identities.
When asked whether he has tried to follow in the footsteps of legendary cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul said, “I cannot become anything else by going there.” Then I will not be fair to myself, to the team or to the game. I try to be who I am and let other players be who they want to be. “I can’t even compare myself with these guys (Dhoni), the achievement they have done for the country is much greater and I don’t think any name can be equated to them,” he said.
Regarding the players returning to the team after injury, Rahul said, “Me, Kuldeep and Deepak (Chahar), we were all in the National Cricket Academy (for rehabilitation) and all were preparing for this series.” “So I know they have prepared well and they know what they need to do,” he said. Kuldeep and Chahar are making a comeback but the famous Krishna, Avesh Khan and Mohammad Siraj have been a part of the ODI structure for the past six months. Rahul said, “Avesh, Siraj and famous have been playing continuously since the inception of IPL. It is related to his body management and strategies so there is a need to sit down and talk with him.
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