Nyan Mongia, MSK Prasad, Deep Dasgupta: KL Rahul looks first-choice keeper in white-ball for now


By: PTI | New Delhi |

Published: August 16, 2020 4:28:50 pm

In Frame (L-R): KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson

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 seemingly 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 will probably be a two-horse race between Rahul and Pant with Sanju Samson including a 3rd dimension however considerably distantly remaining in fringes.

“KL, I think will be first choice in 50 overs. Whatever I have seen of KL, he hasn’t been bad behind the stumps and also once he started keeping, his batting form improved in white ball cricket. On form, KL will be my first choice and after that you can look at Rishabh and give him chances,” Mongia, certainly one of India’s best wicket-keepers, informed PTI on Sunday.

While Dasgupta agreed with Mongia, he feels the crew may very well be “format flexible” on utilizing Rahul and Pant. “Look, in T20s, I believe both can play in the XI. But given a choice, KL will be my man for the time at least in T20s.”

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“However in 50 over format, may be team management and selectors can speak to him and see he wants to do it long term till 2023 World Cup and bat at No 5 which is a critical slot in the middle-order,” Dasgupta, who has extensively lined Indian cricket in previous few years as a broadcaster, stated.

For Prasad, who not too long ago was head of the choice committee, additionally agrees that KL could have a slight edge however Rishabh will likely be there in the combination.

“If you go by New Zealand series, the last one we played, KL starts as first choice and Sanju is also there but as third choice. He did well and gives that flexibility to play extra batsman or bowler as per conditions. But yes, after five months, everyone starts from scratch and IPL form will be important,” stated Prasad.

So the place does it go away Pant? Prasad and Dasgupta really feel that Dhoni’s retirement ought to 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.

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

“Indian cricket has invested in Rishabh Pant over the last few years. We have seen best and worst of Pant in these years. He is someone who will serve Indian cricket for a long time provided he is groomed properly.”

“This IPL will also prove where each one stands in terms of form and fitness. But I agree that Rishabh needs to be given a fair go before you think of anyone else,” Prasad stated.

Mongia, nevertheless, feels that there will likely be stress and that’s a very good a factor for younger Pant. “It’s huge boots to fill in and rightly so. You don’t get MS Dhonis everyday. So Pant will get his opportunity and let him prove his mettle. I am sure that the team management will give him enough chances.”

“He has potential and now what he will do with the chances is up to him,” Mongia stated.

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