After winning the first match of the T20 series against New Zealand, KL Rahul said that he is enjoying the important responsibility he has been given in the team, batting and wicket-keeping is quite challenging but he said that he is enjoying this responsibility and challenge as it is helping him out to perform or score well.
Rahul shares a 99-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli to help India reach their 204-run target in the first T20 International against New Zealand. Rahul took the responsibility behind the wicket after wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant as he was away due to injury in the last ODI series against Australia. In the series, he contributed brilliantly behind the wicket and with his batting skills after which Kohli said that he will continue this responsibility as it makes the team balance right.
When Rahul was asked about this after the first T20 against New Zealand he said that to be honest I feel good and it may look new but I have been doing this for my IPL franchise for the last three-four years and whenever I get a chance I keep doing it for my team and I keep practicing wicket keeping.
He said that I like to stay behind the wicket because it gives an idea of the pitch and I give this information about the bowlers and the captain applied fielding techniques accordingly. Rahul said that even after doing wicket-keeping as a batsman you get an idea of what shot to play on the pitch and I enjoy this responsibility.
In the press conference after the match when Rahul asked Rishabh Pant’s return to Team India, Rahul said it is not my job and when he was asked that do you think that Rishabh Pant will return to the team and play in this series, on this he said that this decision is not mine and the power is not in my hand.