Curated By: Aakash Biswas
Last Updated: January 23, 2024, 13:45 IST
Head coach Rahul Dravid (L) speaks on role of KL Rahul (R) in England Tests
India head coach Rahul Dravid clarified that the KL Rahul won’t be keeping wickets in the entire 5-match Test series against England, startiing Thursday in Hyderabad.
India will again be shifting their focus on the red-ball format with the first Test against England slated to get underway from Thursday in Hyderabad. Ahead of the opening fixture of the five-match series, India head coach Rahul Dravid has confirmed the role of KL Rahul, stating he won’t be keeping wickets in the entire series.
Rahul has been assigned the stumper’s duties since his return from injury last year at the Asia Cup. He donned the keeping gloves in the entire ICC ODI World Cup 2023 followed by the ODI series in South Africa and the subsequent two-match Test series against the hosts which ended 1-1.
The selectors earlier picked Rahul along with Kona Srikar Bharat and uncapped keeper-batter Dhruv Jurel in the squad for the first two Tests. However, the team management wants to have a specialist ‘keeper in the mix and thus, Bharat is likely to get the responsibility when India take on England at the Uppal Stadium on Thursday.
Addressing media on Tuesday in Hyderabad, Dravid said while Rahul has been impressive behind the stumps, the squad has two specialist wicketkeepers who will be preferred for the role.
“Rahul won’t be playing as a wicketkeeper in the series. I think we were quite clear about that from the selection itself. We had picked two others who could keep for us. So, obviously, Rahul did a fantastic job for us in South Africa and really played a big part in us helping draw that series,” Dravid said.
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