Virat Kohli Reveals Who Will Be Team India’s Future Wicketkeeper In ODIs
The team management sprung a big surprise by keeping Rishabh Pant out of the playing XI for the third ODI, even when he was available for selection. The decision came as a surprise but looks like the team management is clear that Rishabh now might have to wait for his chances in ODIs.
After the end of the three-match ODI series against Australia, India captain Virat Kohli hinted that KL Rahul will continue to do the wicketkeeping job as he doesn’t see any reason to change this balance.
“We are playing very well, unchanged team and did the job two with back to back wins. Don’t see any reason why we should change this balance. It has done well for the team,” he said.
“It (Rahul’s keeping) definitely allows us to play an extra batsman which strengthen our batting massively. That is a very important factor as far as the team balance is concerned. If you look at the 2003 World Cup when Rahul bhai started keeping, the balance became different because you could play an extra batter and guys at the top could really play positive cricket,” Kohli added.
It clearly means that Team India has inked on Rahul for the wicketkeeper’s job in the ODI format and the same could be the case in T20Is if Rishabh doesn’t come up with performances on a regular basis.
He has only missed two white-ball games in MS Dhoni’s absence but didn’t come up with consistent performances. On occasions, he didn’t get many chances while on other occasions, Rishabh got out while playing shots which invited criticism as well.
In September 2019, India head coach Ravi Shastri had also criticised Rishabh. He was soon dropped from playing XI in Tests and has almost lost his place in ODIs too.
It remains to be seen if Rahul does the wicketkeeping duties New Zealand T20Is or will the team management give another chance to Rishabh in the shortest format.
In the third T20I against Sri Lanka, Sanju Samson replaced Rishabh in the playing XI but he isn’t a part of the squad for New Zealand series.
Team India leaves for New Zealand later today. Men in Blue play five T20Is, three ODIs and two Test matches on the tour. The first T20I of the series takes place on January 24 at Eden Park, Auckland.
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