India’s 1983 World Cup-winning all-rounder Roger Binny has opined that there’s a wholesome competitors between KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant for the wicketkeeper place because the earlier considers himself additional as a batsman. The previous Karnataka cricketer acknowledged that KL Rahul was an opener par excellence whereas Rishabh Pant was a wise middle-order batsman.
Rishabh Pant’s poor run in worldwide cricket seen KL Rahul donning the wicketkeeping duties inside the ODIs in opposition to Australia in January. Later, in the midst of the New Zealand tour, KL Rahul as soon as extra carried out the duties behind stumps no matter Rishabh Pant being inside the squad. KL Rahul shined in his twin place and emerged as the principle run-scorer inside the 5-match T20I assortment in opposition to the Kiwis after which inside the following ODI assortment, the dashing batsman ended on the second spot behind compatriot Shreyas Iyer.
“I think it’s a healthy competition because KL Rahul actually picks himself as a batsman. He is a brilliant opening batsman, who can keep, who can double up as a keeper also for the team, whereas Pant is a middle-order batsman. He is a brilliant talent. He’s got the shots; he is ideally suited for the shorter version of the game. If somebody has a rough season, you can always call back the other. Both can even fit into the team as batsmen,” Roger Binny suggested Sportskeeda.
Binny added that the competitors between Rahul and Pant may even help India captain Virat Kohli have a readymade backup for the wicketkeeper-batsman place.
“It is mainly what the staff wants. See, if the captain feels Rishabh can carry out there as a wicket-keeper, he’ll get it. If they lose confidence in Rishabh, they’ll return to KL Rahul, however they’ve any person within the staff who can preserve wickets too. That’s a good factor to have with you as captain,” Binny extra added.
Notably, KL Rahul isn’t any individual who’s new to the wicketkeeping facet of cricket. The Kings XI Punjab captain had earlier acknowledged that preserving wickets was not alien to him as he had donned the gloves in state matches for Karnataka and in IPL moreover.
“I’m in truth loving it, inside the worldwide stage it’d look that I’m new to wicket-keeping, nonetheless I’ve accomplished this place inside the dwelling cricket. I’ve accomplished it for my IPL franchise, I benefit from staying behind the stumps,
“It gives me a great idea of how the pitch is playing then I can pass on the message to the skipper and bowlers. Wicket-keeping requires you to be pro-active. I am enjoying the responsibility,” KL Rahul had acknowledged in the midst of the New Zealand tour.
Rishabh Pant alternatively may very well be searching for to get into the groove and purchase sort in IPL 2020, which is awaiting authorities’s nod for a go-ahead to host the touranemet in UAE.