Ravichandran Ashwin’s exit from Kings XI Punjab has opened a new window of opportunity for K. L. Rahul, who has been named captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. The India international is looking forward to the challenge as his team gears up for the 2020 edition in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Rahul talks to Sportstar about the season ahead and how he’s looking forward to working with new head coach Anil Kumble.

It has been a long break for all of you. How does it feel to return to cricket after six months?

I’m absolutely ecstatic and we are very, very happy that we have this opportunity to start playing cricket once again. The past few months have been difficult, not just for us, but for everyone around the world. Just to get that opportunity to be out and do what we love makes us very happy. We are all excited. We have had a few days of practice and all of us…

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