Shikhar Dhawan Takes A Subtle Dig At Rishabh Pant After KL Rahul Impresses With His Wicket-Keeping Skills
KL Rahul made most out of the opportunity provided by impressing with his finishing and wicket-keeping skills. Coming in to bat in the 33rd over, Rahul played an innings of 80 off just 52 balls in the second ODI against Australia. His finishing skills impressed many as Rahul struck 54 off 31 in the final 10 overs. In the absence of Rishabh Pant, Rahul also did wonders with the gloves and affected a brilliant stumping to dismiss Australia captain Aaron Finch.
India captain Virat Kohli was highly impressed with Rahul’s skils and heaped praises on him after the end of the ODI. Although his performance has now given the team management an option to keep Rishabh out of playing XI.
Rishabh has missed only two white-ball games for India after World Cup 2019 but hasn’t been able to fix his place. In the long-term, the team management might think to give a long rope to Rahul as a finisher and wicket-keeper to add another batsman in the playing XI.
While the management waits to take a call on whether to exclude Rishabh, Shikhar Dhawan took a subtle dig at the youngster. In an interview with Rahul, Dhawan poked fun at Rishabh. Here is the video –
— Short Arm Jab (@shortarmjab_18) January 17, 2020
It will be a tough decision for the team management to keep Rishabh out of the playing XI and it is confirmed that he will back once he is fit. The youngster missed the second ODI of the series due to concussion which he suffered in the opening ODI.
The team management is expected to persist with Rishabh for the New Zealand T20Is before taking a call on him. If he does well, Rishabh will keep his place but he might be replaced by Rahul or Sanju Samson behind the wickets if he fails to do well. The third ODI of the series takes place on Sunday in Bengaluru.
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