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18 Aug 2020
Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul recently hit the ground in a bid to prepare for the upcoming Indian Premier League. The elegant batsman said he was overwhelmed to stroll into a cricket ground after five months as the Covid-19 outbreak put a roadblock on all sporting activities.
Rahul sees the silver lining in the crisis. He says the situation taught him to be grateful for life and his promising career. "After running on concrete and treadmill for months, when you step onto the ground you feel like you're walking on a cloud," India’s batting mainstay told TOI in an exclusive chat. "It's difficult to explain the feeling. I was half in tears, half smiling. In fact, I just couldn't stop smiling. Just to be able to get out and run on the ground felt so good."
The 28-year-old will be working closely with a renowned Karnataka-born athlete Anil Kumble. India’s highest Test wicket-taker is the current head of cricket operations for the Punjab-based franchise.
Rahul said he got to spend quality time with his family and that he learnt to be a lot more patient. He made good use of the break by learning to cook. The conditions in UAE will throw a whole different challenge but the skipper is confident of his team’s chances as they eye their maiden silverware.