Cricket blessed with both Rahuls working together: Coach Samuel Jayaraj

Abhijith N Kolpe

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Jan 20: Indian wicketkeeper-cum-batsman K L Rahul has been a prolific player for the Indian cricket team during the last couple of years. He is now captaining team India in the one day matches of the South Africa series.

K L Rahul hails from Mangaluru and is a proud alumnus of St Aloysius College where he started his cricketing journey. Rahul’s father Dr K N Lokesh works at NITK Engineering College and mother C Rajeshwari is a lecturer in Mangalore University.

Rahul has registered 14 centuries across all formats among which 10, he achieved overseas. Rahul has a test century in all the countries he has played. Rahul’s century at the Lord’s and Centurion led team India to victory in the test series against England and South Africa respectively.

Rahul performed the role of vice-captain in all formats during Kohli and Rohit’s absence. He led team India in the Johannesburg test against South Africa and ODI series respectively.

At a young age of 10, K L Rahul was trained under Samuel Jayaraj Muttu at Nehru Maidan. Samuel Jayaraj is delighted that his student Rahul is excelling in International cricket. Samuel Jayaraj has been a coach since 1986.

Speaking to, Muttu said, "At the age, 10 Rahul started training at Nehru Maidan for Mangalore Sports Club. As a student, Rahul was disciplined, obedient and intelligent. He was good at academics as well.

Rahul has skill and technique, which improved as he matured because of his hard work. We still speak to each other. Even today, in times of difficulty, he seeks guidance from me. Technique and skills are natural when you are young. As you play further, be it for state or country, you upgrade yourself.

"It is a proud moment for me and KSCA Mangaluru coach Devdas Nayak. Rahul Dravid is Rahul’s role model. It’s a blessing to see Rahul Dravid as coach and K L Rahul as captain. It’s indeed a rare opportunity to see both Rahuls working together.

"As coaches, we need to support and motivate the players when they do not do well. From a young age, I have never seen him not performing. He always performed for us as wicket keeper, batsman and captain. Whenever he does not perform, as a coach, I need to check why he is not doing well and do dome fine tuning to help him do better. Once you are matured, it's your mind that takes over," says Muttu.

Rahul is a very good student of this game where he keeps learning, commends Muttu. "I always tell him to keep his mind calm and enjoy his game," he adds.





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    Fri, Jan 21 2022

    Proud of you Rahul. Great. God bless you. Wish you good luck.

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  • Rajesh, Brahmavara/UK

    Fri, Jan 21 2022

    Its the dedication and hard work of trio the giant Jayaraj, Devdas and Rahul. Congratulations... proud coach. I was lucky to associate with you guys for a brief period.

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  • Maria, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Kl Rahul is alumnus of St. Aloysius Pre University College.

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  • SUSHIL, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    ITS always a proud moment to see your student scale up the ladder and achieve the highest honour of the land of leading the country. My salute to Samuel Jayaraj for his great effort and dedication as coach. My admiration goes to Samuel whom i know from my College days in St Aloysius . i had also had the privilage of playing together with Samuel and captaining the college team. I wish samuel all the best and more success in his coaching assignement and bring more talent to the national level.

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