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Says experience of playing one-and-a-half seasons of the IPL in the UAE “put me in good stead” for the T20 World Cup

Picking MS Dhoni’s brain is on KL Rahul’s checklist for the next few weeks, as he wants to utilise every bit of advice from the Indian team’s mentor, who, according to the opening batter, always brings a sense of calm into the dressing room.
Rahul, who is all set to open with Rohit Sharma in the T20 World Cup, where India will start against Pakistan on Sunday, said that there couldn’t have been a better mentor than Dhoni in what promises to be a tough journey. “Obviously, MS Dhoni back with the team feels amazing because we have played under him and we have looked towards him as a mentor even when he was our captain,” Rahul, who scored a fine half-century in the warm-up win against England on Monday, said during a Clubhouse session on ten years of Red Bull Campus Cricket.

“The bubble is really hard. It was all okay when it started with the IPL in 2020. We came out of five months of no cricket so we were excited to just play cricket. But the bio bubbles have been going on for so long that it is really hard”

KL Rahul

Dhoni has often been described as an emotion by the observers and fans of the game, an emotion that binds everyone and above all, the Indian dressing room.

Rahul endorsed this view, describing him as the man everyone looks up to. “We loved having him in the dressing room when he was the captain. We loved the calmness. We have all looked up to him to help us out, to have him here is amazing,” he said. “This gives us a sense of calmness, I have enjoyed spending time with him in the first two to three days and it has been a lot of fun. Looking forward to chewing his brain about cricket, captaincy and all things cricket.”

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