While discussing India’s wicketkeeping dilemma in the year of the ODI World Cup, Indian head coach Rahul Dravid made a special mention of legendary cricketer MS Dhoni. During the press conference ahead of the third ODI against New Zealand.
Ishan Kishan has replaced KL Rahul who could not participate in the New Zealand series due to personal reasons. The absence of glovesman Rishabh Pant who is injured in India’s World Cup.
Former Indian vice-captain Rahul was the first-choice keeper in the Sri Lanka series. While Kishan returned to the lineup for the three One Day Internationals (ODIs) against New Zealand.
After Rahul and Shreyas Iyer dropped out of the New Zealand series. Skipper Rohit Kishan branded as automatic starter for Sri Lanka ODIs.
During the pre-match press conference ahead of the third one-day international against the Black Caps, the head coach was asked on Monday if Team India was looking for a wicketkeeper-batsman like Dravid in the preparations for the 2023 World Cup.
In the early 2000s, a specialist batsman like Dravid became India’s full-time wicketkeeper to make way for talented youngsters like Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag.
Dravid, a renowned batsman, was the wicketkeeper for Team India in the 2003 World Cup, led by Sourav Ganguly.
The Indian head coach addressed this reporter’s query and paid tribute to legendary wicketkeeper and batsman MS Dhoni before praising the current crop of wicketkeepers.
After the arrival of Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Parthiv Patel, batting legend Dravid was relieved of his wicketkeeping duties during his playing days.
We are definitely always looking for a wicketkeeper and a batsman. In white ball cricket, I believe MS Dhoni has replaced specialist wicketkeepers, which is unfortunate.
We are fortunate to have all the controversial players in this team including Ishan Kishan and KS Bharath, both talented batsmen who performed well in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Ishan has obviously done well as a batsman, even though Bharat hasn’t played,” Dravid told reporters ahead of the third one-day international against New Zealand.
Kishan is keeping wicket for India even if Rahul is not there. He was also added to the Test squad for the first two matches of the highly anticipated Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.
After an impressive run in the limited-overs format, Kishan got his first Test call-up. When he scored a sensational double century against Bangladesh in the third ODI in December last year. The explosive Indian opener has shocked the cricket world.
Srikar Bharat, who is also in the Test squad for the Australia series, will compete against Kishan. The same pair is also in the ODI team for the current series against New Zealand.
Jitesh Sharma joins in next. In the Sri Lanka T20, the Vidarbha wicketkeeper-batsman got his first call-up.
Punjab Kings wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson was picked up. After being ruled out of the T20 series with a knee injury.
“Rahul is there, Samson is there, but unfortunately, Rishabh is injured,” says Jitesh. Who retains his place in the Indian T20I squad for the three-match series against New Zealand?
All these guys are batsmen and wicketkeepers. I think today you need to be a batsman and a wicketkeeper.
You must bat and make important contributions. We have added Jitesh Sharma to the T20 mix because of the speed with which he bats and runs. As he has shown in Mushtaq Ali Trophy and IPL matches.
Therefore, it is now accepted that all teams need a wicketkeeper-batsman,” continued Dravid.