Updated: January 20, 2020 11:40:13 am
After winning the Australia series 2-1, Indian skipper Virat Kohli stated within the post-match press convention Sunday that he’ll stick with KL Rahul as wicketkeeper-batsman, as an alternative of Rishabh Pant. Kohli stated that Rahul offers extra stability to the facet and in contrast the state of affairs when Rahul Dravid stored wickets for India in World Cup 2003.
“It (Rahul’s keeping) definitely allows us to play an extra batsman which strengthens our batting massively. That is a very important factor as far as the team balance is concerned. If you look at the 2003 World Cup when Rahul bhai started keeping, the balance became different because you could play an extra batter and guys at the top could really play positive cricket,” Kohli stated.
Rahul performed as a wicketkeeper-batsman within the third ODI in opposition to Australia regardless of Rishabh Pant being declared match after recovering from a concussion suffered in first ODI. Rahul didn’t commit any blunders behind the stumps in Pant’s absence and was named ‘player of the match’ for his quickfire 80 in Rajkot ODI.
“I think lack of clarity in terms of positions has really hurt us in the past. Now that we understand that this feels right, we will go ahead with that for a while and figure out if this is the right thing to do or not. You cannot chip and change immediately and create confusion among the group. It (Rahul’s keeping) definitely allows us to play an extra batsmen which strengthens our batting massively. That is a very important factor as far as the team balance is concerned,” he stated, hinting that Rishabh Pant is perhaps on the bench for some time.
“Look, he is very open to playing anywhere because he is a proper batsman and can do you good in any format and any position in the game. He won’t go slam bang from ball one but he can do what he did in Rajkot playing good cricketing shots. So I think a solid game plan and understanding of his game is helping him,” Kohli stated, lauding Rahul for his current performances.
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