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IND vs SA 2022: ‘A lot of people said he wasn’t a natural leader’

Former South African cricketer Shaun Pollock believes KL Rahul is slowly finding his feet as a leader. He suggested the 30-year-old is gaining confidence and expects him to do well in his leadership role.

The talismanic goalscorer has received his share of criticism for not being proactive in his decisions on the pitch. Rahul hasn’t enjoyed much success as captain, losing all three ODIs to South Africa earlier this year. He also lost the only Test he headed against Proteas at Wanderers Stadium.

Speaking on Cricbuzz, Pollock pointed out how many fans and critics think Rahul might not be a natural leader. However, he remarked that things will become easier for the player if he is able to lead from the front.

Shaun Pollock explained:

“A lot of people in the Indian setup who know Indian cricket very well have said that KL Rahul is a bit of a reluctant captain and not a natural leader. But I think he finds his feet and gets his way. When you lead with your performance, it makes the rest of things easier.”

Former Indian player Ajay Jadeja felt that KL Rahul’s abilities gave him an edge over others. He stated:

“KL Rahul has the ability and is far ahead of others. He is very moody and we have seen him in different moods on different occasions. He has always been very calm.”



Rahul has yet another chance to prove his mettle as a leader in the next five-game T20I series against South Africa, which begins on June 9. He was named skipper for the series of white balls against the Proteas in the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma.

“I always tell young players to try and copy the likes of KL Rahul” – Michael Vaughan



Former England captain Michael Vaughan also praised Rahul. He mentioned that the right-hander has the ability to do well in all formats.

The cricketer turned commentator added that he often advises young players to learn from Rahul.

He stated:

“There’s something about KL when he gets into that kind of rhythm and form. You can transcend that kind of game and in over-50 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 this foundation gives you the chance to successfully play all formats of the game.”



Meanwhile, Rahul became the best player for his team Lucknow Super Giants in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL 2022). He led the team by example, scoring 616 runs in 15 appearances, including two centuries and four fifties.

The Karnataka cricketer hopes to keep the momentum going as India focus on international cricket with the T20 World Cup due in a few months.

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