Dharamsala: He is being touted as the 'find' of IPL 4 and many reckon an India cap is his for the taking sooner rather than later. But Kings XI Punjab opening batsman Paul Valthaty is not getting carried away by all this talk. Contrary to his slam bang approach to the shortest version of the game, the 27-year-old Air-India employee adopts a systematic approach to life.
"I'm just living in the moment. I'm glad that I've been able to put in a few good performances for my IPL team, but that's it. I'm not thinking even beyond the next match," Valthaty said on Thursday.
The hard-hitting right-handed batsman shot to fame with a blistering 120 off 63 balls against the Chennai Super Kings earlier in the tournament. A string of good knocks thereafter have made him a big contender for the Orange Cap, awarded to the highest scorer of the tournament. Valthaty currently aggregates 458 runs in 13 matches, second only to teammate Shaun Marsh (491). But even that's not on his mind. "I just want to go out there and play my natural game and if the runs come, it's good for me and the team. I'm not gunning for the Orange Cap," he said.