The ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is a big opportunity for KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson to lock their place in the Indian team for the wicketkeeper-batsman position. But the West Indies legend Brian Lara has opined that Rahul should not be bothered about the wicketkeeping position in the national team.
After MS Dhoni had made himself unavailable from international cricket, Team India has given Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul and Sanju Samson the responsibility of wicketkeeping. Pant had lost his place in the white-ball cricket because of poor batting after which Rahul was given the responsibility to don the glove.
KL Rahul is a great batsman: Brian Lara
Brian Lara labelled KL Rahul as a great batsman. He stated that in the ongoing IPL, the KXIP captain should focus on putting lots of runs on the board rather than concentrating on wicketkeeping to maintain his spot in the national team
“Well, first of all, I would like to say that KL Rahul should not be bothered with wicketkeeping when it comes to that Indian squad. He’s such a great batsman that I feel that he should concentrate on that and put in a lot of runs on the board.”
According to Brian Lara, Samson is a classy batsman but he has loopholes in his batting techniques therefore he struggles against good bowling setup. The Rajasthan Royals player had only scored runs in Sharjah pitch and outside that he failed to put a good score.
“Sanju Samson, who is not ’keeping for Rajasthan Royals, but I do understand that he keeps, that’s one of his main jobs very classy player, looks good so far in the tournament in Sharjah. I feel there’s a little chink in his armory in terms of his technique against very good bowling on sporty tracks,” Brian Lara said.
Rishabh Pant is the no.1 choice of Brian Lara for the wicketkeeper position in the Indian team
Brian Lara stated that Rishabh Pant has become a more mature player and understands his responsibility for Delhi Capitals. So, as per him, Pant should be given priority in the national team for the wicketkeeper-batsman position.
“Rishabh Pant a year ago, I would say no, but I feel that he has stepped up in terms of his responsibility as a batsman. Look at how he plays for Delhi Capitals, it looks like he wants that responsibility, he wants that onus on him to score runs, build an innings and get big scores. If he continues that way, I think that he should the No. 1.”
After playing IPL 2020, the India team is set to travel Australia and is likely to play bilateral series across all the formats. It would be interesting to see national selectors picks whom among the three contenders for the wicketkeeping position in the team.