KL Rahul, the Kings XI Punjab opener batsman, has come out and stated that his opening partner Chris Gayle has been absolutely magnificent for the Kings XI this Indian Premier League season.
Talking about the form that Gayle has been in and his impact to PTI recently. KL Rahul was quoted saying, “Chris Gayle is the most destructive T20 opener in the world. It is a privilege to open the batting with him and it makes my life so much easier, when the opposition bowling is focusing on him, that takes a little bit pressure out of me. I can just take my time and I can enjoy my cricket,”
He further added, “We have played together for a few years now at RCB and now we are together. We enjoy each other’s company. A great human being. So much fun to be around. A complete entertainer,"
“It is good to be playing with him. We understand each other’s game really well. It is about just going and enjoying my cricket. That is what I learned from Chris. He is always playing the game with a big smile on his face. And he enjoys entertaining the crowd even when under pressure. I think when the opposition is up against him they are always under pressure,”
Rahul also talked about the captaincy of Ravichandran Ashwin, how it has helped Kings XI Punjab, which has won 5 of their 7 games, and how it is like playing under Ashwin's leadership for him.
He said, “It has been brilliant so far. He (Ashwin) has been very proactive since the time the IPL has started and the camps begun. He has been very proactive. He is interacting with the boys and. He is really focused on helping the team and helping the youngsters out. Five wins in seven games and a lot of credit goes to him,”
The good thing about playing for Kings XI Punjab, for KL Rahul is the opportunity to play under the mentorship Virender Sehwag. Rahul feels he is blessed to have him around. He said, “He (Sehwag) has been really supportive and helpful with the Indian players, especially youngsters. A lot of people, even the foreign players look up to him. And, having seen him bat for the country and making so many records, they obviously want to learn from him,”