The past week has been packed with good as well as bad news for KL Rahul. He became the joint-highest paid player in IPL history when Lucknow Supergiants signed him for INR 17 crore, but also captained India to being whitewashed 3-0, away in South Africa. His own contributions in series were scores of 12, 55 and 9. Far from impressive. The defeat prompted Rahul to say that it was time for India to change things in how they approach white-ball cricket, while describing the team as a work in progress.
In a sense, the South Africa tour was a first for Rahul on a number of subjects. He had never captained a team in List A cricket previously and outside of Punjab Kings in the IPL, he had captained in only one first-class game across formats, when he led India A against England Lions in January 2019. At the end of the South Africa tour, he had captained India in a Test match, and in three ODIs.