Kings XI Punjab batsman Karun Nair has expressed confidence in his teammate KL Rahul whom he has known since his childhood days and said that he is capable of pushing himself and inspiring the entire team as captain in IPL 2020.
Karun Nair said that KL Rahul is someone who loves to be his best self, adding that it is the quality of a leader. The 28-year-old predicted that Kings XI Punjab will go a long way in the cash-rich league under the leadership of KL Rahul in UAE.
Karun Nair asserted that KL Rahul is calm under pressure and his experience of leading India (during the final T20I against New Zealand when Rohit Sharma walked off the field) will help during the tournament.
“As you said, I have known Rahul for a long time. All of us have grown up together and we know each other really well. He is someone who loves to be the best of his ability at all times. That is a trait that every leader needs to have. He is someone who likes to push himself and inspires people around him by his work ethics. I am sure he has all the necessary tools to captain us in this year’s IPL. We will go a long way in the upcoming tournament.
“In addition, he is generally very calm under pressure and never gets flustered by any hype or intense situation. In the one game that he did captain the international team (during Team India’s bowling in fifth and final T20I versus New Zealand early this year), so all that will help him,” Karun Nair told ‘Times Now’ in an interview.