KL Rahul as the popular wicket-keeper over Rishabh Pant has taken followers again to the time when Rahul Dravid was requested to don the gloves forward of the 2003 ODI World Cup. After India determined to provide Lokesh Rahul the twin position of a ‘keeper-batsman’ in restricted overs by dropping Pant from the enjoying XI, the architect of that concept in Indian cricket, former captain and present BCCI president Sourav Ganguly weighed in on the Indian cricket group’s wicket-keeper debate.
Ganguly was the one who took the decision of asking Dravid to maintain wickets so as play an additional batsman within the center order again in 2002-03 and present India captain Virat Kohli too has gone the identical manner for the steadiness of the aspect. Rahul was compelled to take the gloves after Rishabh Pant was hit on the helmet by a Pat Cummins bouncer within the 1st ODI towards Australia. The Karnataka batsman’s passable manufacturing facility glovework coupled together with his excellent type with the bat in that collection, prompted the Indian group administration to hold on with him because the ‘keeper even within the New Zealand tour.
“Virat Kohli takes that decision. The team management and captain decide the role of KL Rahul,” Ganguly informed ABP News when requested whether or not the choice had resemblance together with his tactic of conserving with Dravid.
The BCCI president lauded Rahul for his batting performances within the white-ball cricket and additionally wished him to proceed the identical even in crimson-ball cricket and get his spot again within the Indian aspect.
“He has played well in ODIs and T20Is. He started well in Test cricket but has gone down slightly. But in limited overs cricket he has played really well and hope he continues all the good work but like I said, all these decisions are of the team management’s,” Ganguly added.
Asked concerning the race for the wicket-keeper’s spot for the T20 World Cup, Ganguly stated, “The selectors, Virat and Ravi will decide that. Whatever they think, it’ll happen that way.”
From opener to No.5 – Rahul has batted in each attainable place in India’s high 5 within the final month. The 27-year-previous additionally had a good diploma of success in each place. Even within the first T20I towards New Zealand, KL Rahul scored 56 off 27 balls whereas the opening the batting. His innings and the 99-run partnership that he put on with captain Virat Kohli (55), created the bottom for India’s 204-run chase towards New Zealand on Friday.
Shreyas Iyer later on carried on and scored an unbeaten 58 off 29 balls to take India over the road in 19 overs.
“I’m quite honestly loving it. At the international stage, it might seem very new and it might seem like I’ve never kept. (But) I’ve kept for my IPL franchise for the last 3-4 years, and I’ve kept for my first-class team as and when there is an opening. I’ve still stayed in touch with wicket keeping,” Rahul stated after the match.