Author: Abhishek Rajan
The Indian captain Virat Kohli has said that KL Rahul will continue keeping wickets for India in 50-over cricket for a few games so that the team management can have a clear idea if he is the right man for the job or not.
Kohli reckons when Rahul keeps wickets, it opens up a lot of options for him as a captain, as he can then pick an extra specialist batsman in the XI.
Rahul was given the gloves temporarily after Rishabh Pant suffered concussion in the first ODI against Australia in Mumbai.
Rahul looked at ease behind the stumps and kept wickets like a proper keeper. The 27-year old was then given the opportunity to keep wickets in the next two games of the series as well and he hardly made a mistake with the gloves.
Not only did Rahul excel as a keeper, he also excelled in the role of a middle order batsman, as he won the game for India with a 80-run knock batting at no. 5 in the second ODI.
With Rahul keeping and Pant out, India added a bit more depth to their batting by slotting Manish Pandey at no. 6.
According to Kohli, if the team management tries something, it has to be continued for a period of time so that everybody has clarity.
“We will go ahead with that (Rahul as a keeper) for a while and figure out if this is the right thing to do or not. You cannot chop and change immediately and create confusion among the group.” Kohli told the reporters at the conclusion of the ODI series against Australia.
Rahul might not have kept wickets for the Indian team on a regular basis in the past, but keeping is not something new to him. He is the first choice keeper for his state side Karnataka whenever he is available to play for them.
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