Indian Coach Ravi Shastri in a recent interview with India today stated that Team India might consider opener KL Rahul as an option for Wicker keeper batsman going forward as team needs a player who can double-up as wicket keeper and batsman. He also accepted that KL might be an option going forward if any other player fails to make the spot his own.
KL Rahul has been in red-hot form in the shortest form of the game. As in the absence of regular opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, he has done exceeding well to press his case of being regular opener in T20 format of cricket, hitting 164 runs against West Indies at a strike-rate of 153.27.
Rahul, 27 year-old Karnataka Batsman, is not a regular keeper in Internationals. However, he is regular with gloves in IPL and domestics for his teams. He dons gloves for Kings XI Punjab and Karnataka regularly.
Ravi Shastri said, “It is an absolute option. You got to see where your strength is. If tomorrow, there are a couple of guys in the middle order who are firing with unbelievable innings in the IPL. IPL will be a good judging ground. If you feel a guy who can multitask can be used at the top because there’s some firepower at the back who are doing extremely well, then why not?”
“That’s what you need. You need people who are doing 2 things at a time. Gone are the days when you only played as a batsman then you gotta be a Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma. Even they are excellent in the field. You got to have 2 departments if not more to be able to play white-ball cricket,” he added.
India has been searching a regular Wicket keeper batsman who can fill the big boots of Dhoni. Though it won’t be easy for anyone to do that. Selectors have gone with a highly touted Rishabh Pant after the CWC 2019, giving the youngster regular chances to prove himself at the highest level.
However, he is quickly running out of time and chances as he has failed to live up to his reputation till now, given KL Rahul’s sensational form in the T20 format and India looking for more all-round players he has little time to prove himself.