New Delhi : Yound indian batsman and Royal Challengers Bangalore's palyer KL Rahul said on tuesday that the secreat of my improved batting is Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. He said the lessons he learnt from the likes of Virat Kohli and A B de Villiers in IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore have made him a better cricketer and he would look to "express" himself in the Zimbabwe tour beginning Saturday.
"I spent time with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers and asked them questions about what they thought I should do to improve my cricket and be successful in shortest format. Their ideas and feedback did help me in improving my batting," he told reporters before the Indian team's departure to Zimbabwe.
Rahul did well in the IPL this season and was the third highest run scorer for his team behind Kohli and de Villiers with 397 runs in 14 matches. As one of the highly rated opening batsmen in India's young generation, there would be high expectations from him in Zimbabwe where the team plays three ODIs and three T20Is from June 11-22.
India are to play three ODIs and three T20 Internationals in Zimbabwe from June 11-22. He said he would to look to keep it simple and stick to basics in Zimbabwe. "I did not have time to prepare for this IPL because I was coming back from an injury. It's very important to keep things simple and stick to the basics. I will go out there and perform to my strengths, play cricketing shots.
Asked about the Test season ahead, Rahul said, "Not going to worry about Test matches, this is my first ODI series with the Indian team, so I will focus on doing well there and figure out how I will be successful in Zimbabwe. On wicket-keeping, Rahul admitted that he needs improvement and he would be looking to work with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on this aspect. "About wicket-keeping. I will get some time with MS Dhoni in Zimbabwe and my plan is to try to work with him on my wicket-keeping skills and see what feedback he has for me," Rahul said.
"I am excited to wear the Indian jersey. I don't care who the opposition is. I have done a lot of NCA camps, where they taught we have to treat every match same and not think of the result," he added.