Indian cricket players with Rohit Sharma
Indian cricket players with Rohit Sharma

Indian T20I vice-captain KL Rahul opens up on playing under new captain Rohit Sharma who took over the job from Virat Kohli after their exit from the recent World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

KL Rahul on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy

Rohit, who has led Mumbai Indians to 5 IPL titles, will be captaining India with Rahul as his deputy for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, starting November 17 in Jaipur.

India will also play under new coach Rahul Dravid for the first time after he replaced Ravi Shastri from the top job earlier this month.

Rahul Dravid KL Rahul
Rahul Dravid KL Rahul

“There’s nothing new in Rohit being captain, we’ve all seen him leading Mumbai Indians for as long as I can remember. His stats are there for everybody to be seen, he has a great understanding of the game.

“Tactically he’s really good and that’s why he’s been able to achieve the kind of things that he has as a leader.

“We all enjoy watching Rohit bat, he is a great guy to be around. I’m sure he’s excited and all of us in the Indian team are excited to play under Rohit,” Rahul told reporters.

“He will bring a lot of calm into the dressing room and the next few weeks will be exciting to understand what kind of goals he has.

“The more we talk to him in the next few days, I’ll also be able to understand it better. But like I said, it’s a big change in Indian cricket and we are all looking forward and excited about it,” Rahul added.

India and New Zealand will play 3 T20Is from November 17 before the first Test in Kanpur. They will then return to Mumbai for the second match starting December 3 at the Wankhede Stadium.

Kohli, who gave up the T20I captaincy after the T20 World Cup, has been rested for the white-ball games and the first Test but will return to lead India in the second Test against Kane Williamson’s side next month.