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Virat Kohli is always showing us the way: KL Rahul

By Rashmi Nanda -

KL Rahul said that the India skipper Virat Kohli has already shown signs of being a great leader with his kind of energy, enthusiasm and the passion on the field for leading by example. 

Ahead of the second One-day International against England, which will be played at the Barabati Stadium on Thursday, Rahul heaped praise on his skipper Virat Kohli as the hosts lead the three-match ODI series 1-0.

The Indian opener told the reporters, “It is about how he (Kohli) has set examples for us. He has gone out there and done the job for the team many times. We look up to him and we see how he builds his innings, the kind of energy, enthusiasm and the passion he has on the field. It spreads on all of us. We learn a lot from him.”
 
Rahul further added, “He is somebody who is not just looking to have great performances individually but he wants to take the team along. He is always showing us the way, sharing his experience and giving us feedback, telling us what he thinks we could have done better. That is the sign of a great leader.”

Rahul said that it is a great time to have both MS dhoni and Virat Kohli in the side, who are guide every team player.

He stated, “It’s just been one game for now but for the guys who are part of the Test team know how aggressive he is as a captain. We love playing under Virat. He always supported me and it’s good to have a young leader and also to have MS in the team, who not only guide Virat as a skipper, but also the youngsters. It’s good to have both of them in the team.”

Rahul stated that there is a bit of competition for the opening slots because there are many talented players available for the spot. He said on this, “We know there are other guys who are capable enough. That’s what wakes me up in the morning and train harder

He said on this, “We know there are other guys who are capable enough. That’s what wakes me up in the morning and train harder everyday… to turn up at the practice every day and work harder. There are able and talented guys waiting in the bench to take my place. It’s a good place to be in. We love the competition in team. We never complain of competition or pressure of other guys. It kind of gets us going. We take it in a positive way. We try to remain positive on our work ethics,” 

When asked further about the opening combination, Rahul replied,  “It does not affect or bother me. It’s headache for the coach and captain. We love to have players competing for a slot. We just have to train harder and whoever does the job for the team plays.”

Recently, the English pacer Jake Ball said that he will try to disturb Virat Kohli’s rhythm by targeting him with short balls in the second ODI, but Rahul said that it should not be a problem for the skipper.

Rahul added, “Good luck for them, he has so many runs. He has scored a lot of runs off short balls. We are not at all worried about short balls. We like to make runs off short deliveries. Knowing Virat and having watched him score so many centuries, I don’t think it will be a problem.”

Rahul said about English batsmen Jos Buttler, “When he was batting in the last game, we knew what he can do at the death. I watched him in the IPL. He’s a 360-degree player. Somebody has to get him out early. That’s the best chance. We have to come up with some plans. The best way is to get them out early.”