Exclusive: Hard work and discipline - Cricketer K L Rahul's keys to success

Exclusive: Hard work and discipline - Cricketer K L Rahul's keys to success

Shreyas H S
Pics: Brijesh Garodi
For Daijiworld.com

Mangalore, Feb 24: Passion grooms interest, but its discipline that brings success. Emerging cricketer K L Rahul from Mangalore, who recently sprouted to limelight has successfully captured the attention of many stalwarts in the cricketing fraternity. Not only did he win accolades from batting legend Rahul Dravid, he also evoked passion for cricket among Mangalorean kids.

Rahul played an extraordinary innings in the recent Ranji Trophy which allowed the team to lift the most coveted cricketing cup of the country. The series put him into spotlight and most of the elite cricketers are keeping an eye on him hoping that this prominent cricketer may find his place in the Indian team.

Amidst packed schedule after playing for Irani Trophy and readying himself for the much awaited IPL season-7, K L Rahul managed to spare time for an exclusive interview to daijiworld. This is his first interview after ever since the Ranji Trophy win.

DW: At the age of 21, you have not only captured the attention of coaches across Karnataka, but even batting legend Rahul Dravid. How did you groom yourself to achieve all this?

Rahul: I strongly believe that my hard work brought me into this successful phase. And I have a long way to go. Moreover, I personally feel that my achievements so far are not enough. For me this is not a very young age. I could have delivered much more promising cricket at this age. But, going by my current form, I can see myself playing only better from here on.


DW: It is said that you held the cricket bat at the age of eleven. And your coach, Jayaraj Muttu says that right from the beginning you exhibited immense passion towards cricket, even attending practice sessions on your own with a strict discipline.

Rahul (With a pause): See, passion is required to elevate your interest towards the game. But passion doesn't fetch the success one envisages, unless a person inculcates discipline within himself. I was passionate about many games. Cricket somehow came naturally into my life and as it happened, my coach worked hard to build discipline in me. This made me attend every practice session of my life till today.


DW: Can you share any enduring memory of playing at Nehru Stadium?

Rahul: For me each game is an enduring memory. Right from a young age, I dreamt of playing a good game at the stadium. Also if I recall, my cricketing journey began from this ground. Particularly speaking, playing amidst many players with bat and ball is my most cherished memory at Nehru Stadium. This stadium provided me opportunity to exhibit my skills, temperament and talent. Hence, I always love coming back to Mangalore and play in this stadium.


DW: Do you feel that lots of talents are being left out from the Indian team because of the problem of plenty before the selection committee?

Rahul: This is India, the country that produces as many as 200 talented cricketers every year. So obviously the competition level is very high. We cannot blame the selection committee for not selecting a few talents to the team.

Talent is never the sole criteria for the selectors to  the domestic player into the team India. It is consistency of a player in different formats of the game, like ODI, 20-20, and Test that make him a contender for the national team. In India most of the young lads have the talent and unique skills required for the game. When the pool of talents is so vast, one has to set a parameter to select the finest for the national team.


DW: How soon do you think we could see you play for the Indian cricket team?

Rahul: Hmmm, I think I have to consistently perform well. I have to keep up the hard work going. Playing good cricket is my dream and I am not too bothered about when I woud don the Indian cap. Hard work is something I have always done and will continue to do.


DW: Has your experience in playing for India in the Under-19 World Cup helped you to review your mistakes or fine-tune your technique?

Rahul: Yes, I understood the game better after playing the Under-19 World Cup. More than learning from a few games, I believe in learning from each game I play. Whenever I make mistakes in a game, I rectify them the next day in the practice session. Playing big games teaches you to understand other aspects such as maintaining good temperament all through the match.


DW: Coming to the recent victory of Karnataka in Ranji Trophy, your contribution especially in the final match played a huge role in routing Maharashtra. On the whole, how would you rate your performance in the entire Ranji Trophy tournament?

Rahul: Being an opener I proudly say that my contribution was huge to the team. Our coach and team captain groomed me to this level and infused confidence in me that I could bat as an opener in the most important series. The final game was of top priority to the team, wherein I gave my best to ensure that the team lifted the most prestigious cup in the country. Even in other games I played my role to the best of my ability.


DW: Do you believe that the time is ripe for the Indian selectors to turn their attention to team Karnataka? Will the earlier golden era of Karnataka return?

Rahul (smiling): I hope better days are in store for Karnataka. I am confident that each player has the potential to represent team India. Moreover, we have defeated the best teams across the country which is now an added feather in Karnataka's cap.

DW: Who in particular recognized and groomed your talent?

Rahul: It is none other than Jayaraj Muttu and Devdas sir who recognized my talent and dedicated their time on me to help me strengthen my abilities and deliver promising performance.

DW: Recently you crossed the milestone of 1000 runs in domestic first class cricket. How do you feel becoming only the second batsman in this season to touch that milestone?

Rahul: I do not say that I am satisfied, but I felt very happy on reaching that milestone, being an opener for the state that recently celebrated its victory. Rather than dwelling on what I have done in the past, it is always better to look forward and move on to chase many more thousands in the coming years.

DW: Watching and studying the present cricketing scenario, do you agree that different levels of cricket, 20-20, ODI, domestic, and Test would shorten the span of a player's career?

Rahul: I am against such a notion. Playing more cricket invigorates a player's strength rather than damage his career. Now players love to play as many as games as possible to keep the spirit up and maintain consistency. I personally love to play all formats of the game. Now IPL which will commence soon. As a player he should be ready to participate in all games coming his way.



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  • Vasu, TN

    Fri, Aug 15 2014

    What does he mean by Discipline? Is attending regularly the practice session, called Discipline? OR maintaining a good character and attitude is discipline? In my view, Rahul is not disciplined in his attitude and character towards the followers and fans. Very indifferent and insensitive. Often he is rude. Definitely he shld himself keep away from people who provokes him for misleading habits. This is my personal opinion based on what I observed.

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  • Dayananand, nitk campus

    Tue, Feb 25 2014

    2nd Indian great wall..best of luck Rahul..

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  • Jeevan Tauro, Bejai Kapikad / Vancouver, Canada

    Tue, Feb 25 2014

    Coach Jayaraj Muthu has been a very hardworking and disciplined cricketer himself. That's what he has imbibed in Rahul. Rahul is very talented like many other cricketers but its the discipline which separates him from others. I am pretty sure that he is setting his goals for every game or tournament and working hard to achieve them and has been successful so far. Keep doing what you are doing and you will reach great heights. We are proud of you that being a Mangalorean you have achieved what many other cricketers from this region only dreamed of. This being said, these days because of so much cricket and T20 format, there is a huge exposure to cricketers to showcase their talent and being recognized easily. Good luck Rahul in your future endeavors. I love the way you bat and your technically very sound. Cheers Bro!

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  • j.anata, Mangalore / Bangalore

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Rahul has had an amazing domestic season! & its a coincidence that his batting style is so similar to his namesake Rahul Dravid!! Heres wishing the young boy a fantastic future ahead & pray that he plays for India soon

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  • Peter, Brahmavar/Sharjah

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Good news to cricket crazy Mangalorians. Hope Daiji's next interview when Rahul in Indian Team.We need more cricket club and hard ball tournament in and around Mangalore instead of 10 overs tennis ball tournaments all over the districts.

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  • santhosh, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Congradulation mr rahul..... Proud to say u r a manglorean...... Play well... hope u will play for india....

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    keep going Rahul... we want you to fill the space vacated by "Great Wall" RAHUL Dravid !

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  • chethan saliyan, manjeshwar

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Really, I had seen his last performance.Since he has qualified in under19 his performance really absolutely going on & that last Ranaji trophy his effort superub.All the best with your future career.

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  • Jawar D'Souza, M'lore/Doha

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Keep it up Rahul, Shine brightly, it is a proud moment for us Mangis. May God Bless You.

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  • molly d'souza, surathkal

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Rahul,we all love u and see u soon in our Indian Team.
    All the best!!!!

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  • Deepak, Paladka

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    A proud moment for all the mangloreans. May we all see Rahul soon in Indian team

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  • Shaaz, Riyadh

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Congratulations.... We Mangaloreans really proud of. By the way which Part of Mangalore, he is from? Which team he used to play in Neharu Maindan?

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  • mohammed arfath, dubai

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Mr. Rahul
    friend of faraz ahmed shaikh

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  • Fahad, Surathkal

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Masha Allah go ahead bro..best wishes

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  • maxy, kinnigoly/mumbai.

    Mon, Feb 24 2014


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  • Irshad Ahmed, Mlore /qatar

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Good luck Rahul.You have bright future as a cricketer

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Many in the Indian team have taken their place for granted .Many have become moneybags within a short period and are gloating ,not performing when required. Rahul can easily be one of the 'fresh faces' required to give the much needed impetus and make Indian Cricket meaningful. High time Karnataka has a representation in the present 'Gutless Indian Test Cricket Team'...

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  • Sir Lancelot, Manglore

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    RAHUL the name itself Rising Star.
    We are proud of you dear Rahul.

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  • Anand, karkala

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Karnataka should try to bring up a quality world class fast bowler.

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  • Ramakrishna. K. , Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    He could Come up to this level only because he played genuine cricket in Mangalore with Hard-ball and did not play under-arm cricket with Tennis ball just like other youths of Mangalore. Keep it up Rahul.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    Rahul is our FUTURE...

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  • Vishal , Belman

    Mon, Feb 24 2014

    This guy will surely make an entry in Indian team. He deserves too. I would love him, play 2 more Ranji season before getting Indian cap, which will make him matured player. Very good talent for Karnataka and for India. Technically sound player.

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