KL Rahul is a superb batter, will be an excellent India skipper: Andy Flower | Cricket News – Times of India



NEW DELHI: KL Rahul once touted to be Rohit Sharma’s successor across all formats but his struggling form and the emergence of Hardik Pandya as a leader raises serious questions about this.
But his IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants coach Andy Flower has a different take on the issue and rather says that KL Rahul can be an excellent skipper for the Indian team.
Rahul has captained India in seven ODI’s, three Tests and one T20I with decent success.
Flower, who is currently giving his services to Gulf Giants, a franchise participating in Adani Sportsline International League T20, has high hopes from his IPL captain.
Flower said Rahul has great batting skills and can lead the team well.
“KL is a superb batter, beautiful to watch, I love watching him bat always. I first came across him when I was coaching England Lions. We played against India A in Trivandrum so I have been a keen follower of him as a batsman since then,” Flower said.
The Zimbabwe great praised Rahul’s captaincy too.
“He is also an outstanding young man and really good leader, he is very calm, measured, he is good company. I respect him and really enjoy working with him.”
When asked about Pandya and players such as Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer, Flower said, “What I know of him (Rahul), he will be an excellent skipper. I don’t know the other guys very well so can’t comment on that, selectors might see that.”
He wished Rahul a great married life ahead. Rahul is set to tie the knot with Bollywood actress Athiya Shetty.
Flower is coaching league teams in various countries and said that he enjoys his role with franchises.
“At the moment I am fairly busy throughout the year due to franchise cricket. I really enjoy the professional challenge of moving from team to team and deception of my coaching style through what the team needs and it’s also wonderful to experience different cultures in various countries and teams.”
(With PTI Inputs)





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