KL Rahul, the Indian cricketer has wonderfully cemented his place in the playing XI of the Indian team by giving back-to-back brilliant performances. Besides making an impact with his impeccable batting performances in different positions, KL Rahul took the glovework quite brilliantly as well.
Rishabh Pant, the regular wicket-keeper of Team India was replaced by KL Rahul after he suffered a concussion in the 1st ODI against Australia in Wankhede, Mumbai. Instead of going for an additional wicket-keeper for the team, the management decided to go for KL Rahul.
KL Rahul extended his purple patch after scoring a hundred against West Indies in Vizag. The just-concluded series against Australia tested his true potential as not just he impressed everyone by batting at different positions but by making an impact with his wicket-keeping as well.
Virat Kohli led Team India were struggling behind the stumps. KL Rahul, who is currently in his best-ever form has come out as a blessing in disguise for the Indian team after he donned the wicket-keeping gloves.
On the other hand, Rishabh Pant was under the scanner of critics for a long time because of he of his woeful performances with the bat and gloves.
At Eden Park. Rahul looked comfortable against the New Zealand’s cricket team as he was seen dictating terms to spinners as well. After the match, KL Rahul was asked a very tricky question regarding Rishabh Pant. The reporter asked:
“Do you see Pant coming back into the side and playing in this series?”
To which, KL Rahul answered:
“It’s not upto me, I mean…”
Talking about his new job as a wicket-keeper of the team, Rahul said that he is loving the new responsibility given to him. He said:
“I’m quite honestly loving it. At the international stage, it might seem very new and it might seem like I’ve never kept. (But) I’ve kept for my IPL franchise for the last 3-4 years, and I’ve kept for my first-class team as and when there is an opening. I’ve still stayed in touch with wicket keeping.”