Kings XI Punjab batsman KL Rahul has said that his opening partner Chris Gayle has made life easier for him. He said that since opposition bowlers focus on the West Indian, it buys him time to build his innings.
“He 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,” Rahul told PTI during an interaction.
“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,”.
The batsman has scored 268 runs from seven IPL 2018 games at a strike rate of 170.70. Rahul admitted that he is used to Gayle’s company. The two have were teammates at Royal Challengers Bangalore previously.
“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,” Rahul said.
The 26-year old has 21 Tests under his belt for the country. He confessed that he has no designs in county cricket ahead of the forthcoming tour of England.
“I am more focused on IPL right now. I haven’t thought anything about what is going to happen later,” he said.
He also spoke about being in and out of the ODI squad and its effect on his confidence. But Rahul knew that opportunities would come his way and it was important to be patient.
“Look I am only trying to improve as a player with each tournament, each game, each opportunity. I am not really thinking about what is going to happen in future or after the IPL or my position in the team.
“I am just enjoying my cricket. I want to be there. I am in good space. I know opportunities will come my way. I have to be patient, keep performing and be consistent,” he said.