KL Rahul First-Choice Keeper In White-Ball Cricket: Former Wicket-Keepers

New Delhi: Rishabh Pant will really feel a weight off his shoulders after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s worldwide retirement however the immensely gifted KL Rahul is the possible first alternative in white-ball cricket for the foreseeable future, really feel three former India wicket-keepers.

Nayan Mongia, MSK Prasad and Deep Dasgupta agreed in unison that at current it will likely be a two-horse race between Rahul and Pant with Sanju Samson including a 3rd dimension however considerably distantly remaining in fringes.

“KL, I believe will probably be first alternative in 50 overs. No matter I’ve seen of KL, he hasn’t been dangerous behind the stumps and likewise as soon as he began holding, his batting kind improved in white ball cricket.

“On kind, KL will probably be my first alternative and after you can have a look at Rishabh and provides him probabilities,” Mongia, one in all India’s best wicket-keepers, advised PTI on Sunday.

Whereas Dasgupta agreed with Mongia, he feels the group could possibly be “format flexible” on utilizing Rahul and Pant.

“Look, in T20s, I consider each can play within the XI. However given a alternative, KL will probably be my Man for the time no less than in T20s.

“Nevertheless in 50 over format, could also be group administration and selectors can converse to him and see he desires to do it long run until 2023 World Cup and bat at No 5 which is a essential slot within the middle-order,” Dasgupta, who has extensively coated Indian cricket in previous few years as a broadcaster, stated.

For Prasad, who lately was head of the choice committee, additionally agrees that KL may have a slight edge however Rishabh will probably be there within the combine.

“For those who go by New Zealand sequence, the final one we performed, KL begins as first alternative and Sanju can be there however as third alternative. He did properly and offers that flexibility to play additional batsman or bowler as per circumstances.

“However sure, after 5 months, everybody begins from scratch and IPL kind will probably be vital,” stated Prasad.

So the place does it go away Pant? Prasad and Dasgupta really feel that Dhoni’s retirement shoud make Pant breathe simpler.

“Don’t forget that the constant comparisons with Dhoni would have weighed a lot on his young mind. It doesn’t help in getting performances with that pressure. So now, he is free and can express himself in the best possible manner. But yes, he also needs to mature a bit as a player,” Dasgupta asserted.

For Prasad, Pant can now be “Rishabh rather than being Mahi Junior”.

“Indian cricket has invested in Rishabh Pant over the previous few years. We’ve got seen finest and worst of Pant in these years. He’s somebody who will serve Indian cricket for a very long time supplied he’s groomed correctly.

“This IPL can even show the place every one stands when it comes to kind and health. However I agree that Rishabh must be given a good go earlier than you consider anybody else,” Prasad stated.

Mongia, nonetheless, feels that there will probably be stress and that’s a superb a factor for younger Pant.

“It’s big boots to fill in and rightly so. You don’t get MS Dhonis on a regular basis. So Pant will get his alternative and let him show his mettle. I’m certain that the group administration will give him sufficient probabilities.

“He has potential and now what he’ll do with the probabilities is as much as him,” Mongia stated.


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