KXIP at backside, Rahul laments issues haven’t gone proper

Dubai, October 9

After Kings XI Punjab lost their fourth match on the trot, KL Rahul said that being the captain, one has to take responsibility.

KXIP failed miserably in a chase of 202 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday, losing by 69 runs. Rahul could manage only 11 off 14 balls at a strike-rate of 68.75. His innings featured no boundaries despite the power-play. “I think strike-rate is very, very overrated. For me, it is only about how I can win games for my team. This is how I bat and I like to take responsibility,” Rahul said at the post-match press conference.

Rahul has 313 runs in the six games so far, including a century and two fifties. He is leading the season’s run-scorers list. Since he struck a 69-ball 132, the highest score by an Indian in the IPL, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the opener has gone for a more sedate approach.

The 28-year-old said every player has a role assigned to him which can change based on the match situation. “As a leader, you have to take responsibility. We all make mistakes. …but you learn each day as a leader, as a batter,” Rahul said. “It is a partnership when we are in the middle as a batting group. Every player has a different role in the team and those roles can change in the middle with each game. So, I tried to assess the situation and played according to that,” he added.

Asked if the team has become too reliant on him and Mayank Agarwal, Rahul said, “When you see a team at the bottom of the table, you start to think a lot of things aren’t going right. It hasn’t gone right but no teams have top six players firing. A couple of them will be in good form and a couple of them won’t be looking good so it is important that the in-form players get as many runs as possible. The openers are always expected to give teams a good start.”

KXIP play Kolkata Knight Riders tomorrow. — PTI

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