With Shreyas Iyer shelling out some super performances, India appear to have lastly sorted out the dilemma for the no. four place, which has troubled the team for the longest time. But one other subject which still stays is deciding the place of the wicketkeeper. Former India captain MS Dhoni has been away from cricket for over a year now, and it stays unclear if Dhoni can be making a global return ever once more.
For the longest time, Rishabh Pant was considered and groomed as Dhoni’s successor for the conserving place. Pant’s hard-hitting fashion of play made him a like-for-like alternative for Dhoni. But after an inconsistent run in 2019, query marks encompass Pant’s future.
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In 2020, KL Rahul was tried because the wicketkeeper within the limited-overs series in opposition to Australia and New Zealand. Rahul was spectacular along with his conserving expertise and even received runs on the board with the bat. Now, it stays to be seen whether or not Rahul or Pant take the place of the wicketkeeper within the team.
Former all-rouner Roger Binny believes that the ‘healthy competition’ between the 2 cricketers will ultimately help the team in the long term.
“I think it’s a healthy competition because KL Rahul actually picks himself as a batsman. He is a brilliant opening batsman, who can keep, who can double up as a keeper also for the team, whereas Pant is a middle-order batsman. He is a brilliant talent. He’s got the shots; he is ideally suited for the shorter version of the game,” Binny informed Sportskeeda in a Facebook Live interview.
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“If somebody has a rough season, you can always call back the other. Both can even fit into the team as batsmen,” Roger Binny added.
“It is basically what the team needs. See, if the captain feels Rishabh can perform there as a wicket-keeper, he’ll get it. If they lose confidence in Rishabh, they can go back to KL Rahul, but they have somebody in the team who can keep wickets too. That’s a good thing to have with you as captain,” Binny additional said.
Rahul has additionally stored wickets within the IPL for Kings XI Punjab franchise through the years. In January this year, after the primary T20I, the Karnataka batsman had said that he’s having fun with the extra accountability of a wicketkeeper. “I am honestly loving it, in the international stage it might look that I am new to wicket-keeping, but I have done this role in the domestic cricket. I have done it for my IPL franchise, I enjoy staying behind the stumps,” Rahul had said.