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Punjab
Kings
suffered
another
disappointing
defeat
by
6
runs
against
RCB
and
with
that
loss,
their
playoffs
hopes
were
all
but
dashed.
Rahul
has
so
far
been
the
leading
run-scorer
in
this
season
and
he
was
also
the
Orange
Cap
winner
in
the
previous
edition.
However,
his
team’s
fate
hasn’t
changed
much,
this
time
around
too.

Former
India
cricketer
Ajay
Jadeja,
while
commenting
upon
Rahul’s
captaincy
skills,
said
talented
right-handed
batsman
lacks
the
leadership
quality.
Rahul
has
led
the
Mohali-based
franchise
in
25
matches
and
the
team
has
lost
14
of
those
games.

While
speaking
with
Cricbuzz,
Jadeja
stated
Rahul’s
soft-spoken
quality
and
adjustive
nature
will
offer
him
longevity
but
that’s
not
the
quality
of
a
leader.

“If
you
look
at
KL
Rahul,
he’s
been
the
captain
of
this
team
for
the
past
two
years,
I
never
get
the
feeling
that
he’s
a
‘leader’.
Whenever
this
team
has
gone
through
a
good
phase
or
a
bad
phase,
we
never
look
at
him.
The
team
(PBKS
playing
XI)
that’s
playing
today,
the
changes
that
have
been
made,
do
you
think
KL
Rahul
would
have
made
that?

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4-2021

The
cricketer-turned
commentator
further
said
that
an
Indian
captain
is
based
on
the
philosophy
of
leadership
but
that’s
not
what
the
right-handed
batsman
possesses.

“Someone
becomes
an
Indian
captain
based
on
his
philosophy
because
he
should
be
a
leader.
I
have
not
seen
that
in
KL
Rahul
so
far
because
he’s
very
soft-spoken
and
adjusts
to
everything.
If
he
becomes
the
captain
one
day,
then
it’s
a
certainty
he’ll
last
the
longest
because
a
guy
ready
to
adjust
can
stay
longer
in
that
position,”
Jadeja
added
further.

“But
there
are
leadership
qualities
where
whether
or
not
I
agree
with
his
philosophy,
the
Indian
captain
should
at
least
have
one
philosophy.
Because
there’s
a
huge
difference
between
the
captaincy
of
an
IPL
team
and
the
Indian
team,”
he
added.

Jadeja
highlighted
that
Rahul
the
Mysuru
cricketer
hasn’t
taken
much
responsibility
on
his
shoulders
as
the
captain
of
the
IPL
franchise
despite
having
a
calm
demeanour
like
former
India
captain
MS
Dhoni

who
has
been
an
equally
successful
captain
in
the
IPL.

“I
don’t
know
him
personally
and
you
see
a
different
version
of
him
too,
but
generally
when
he’s
on
the
ground,
he
has
the
calmness
like
MS
Dhoni.
There
are
good
things
too
but
the
biggest
thing
is
that
you
need
to
be
a
leader.
People
should
be
debating
your
decisions,
‘Why
is
he
doing
this
or
that?’.
That
never
happens
to
him,
even
in
an
IPL
team,
because
he
has
not
taken
any
responsibility
upon
himself,
letting
others
run
the
team,”
Jadeja
concluded.

There
are
experts
who
believe
Rahul
could
be
the
future
captain
of
the
Indian
national
side
but
his
credentials
as
IPL
skipper
will
prove
a
major
hurdle.

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