IND vs SA Test: This former Indian star criticized Rahul Dravid’s decision to choose KL Rahul as wicketkeeper.

Team India will be seen in action once again in the Boxing Day Test on 26th December. This time the team will be desperate for a great performance with its senior players. The first match of the two-match Test series against South Africa will start on Tuesday in Centurion. after the world cup Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli Will be seen playing for the first time. India is also ready to welcome KL Rahul into the Test team. He has not played red ball cricket after suffering a shoulder injury during the IPL at the beginning of the year. Rahul could not even play in the World Test Championship final. Rahul has been excellent in white ball cricket in the Asia Cup and World Cup. The South Africa series will be his first Test after the Australia Test in February-March 2023.

Rahul Dravid said this before the match

A day before the Test match, Team India’s head coach Rahul Dravid said that KL Rahul will take the responsibility of wicketkeeping in the first Test in Centurion. After the departure of Ishan Kishan and as the second keeper option for KS Bharat, KL Rahul has been given the responsibility behind the wicket. Being an experienced batsman, Rahul has not been a regular wicketkeeper in the longer format. Due to which some cricket experts have expressed concern.

Parthiv Patel criticized

Former keeper Parthiv Patel has expressed reservations about Rahul’s role as a wicketkeeper in overseas Test series. He stressed the importance of a player who has been keeping wickets regularly in the longer format. He wrote on X that India’s Test match wicketkeeper should be a person who regularly keeps wickets in Ranji Trophy or first-class cricket.

Rahul did excellent wicketkeeping in the World Cup

Rahul was India’s wicketkeeper in the Asia Cup as well as the ODI World Cup and was praised by fans and experts for his astute decision making behind the stumps. Especially for LBW DRS, he gave many correct advices. However, he is still yet to make his presence felt as a wicketkeeper in the longest format. Apart from this, Rahul has played only one first-class match as a designated keeper-batsman.

Rahul got a lot of opportunity due to Pant’s injury.

A well-known name as a regular wicketkeeper in Test cricket is Rishabh Pant, who was seriously injured in a car accident late last year. Pant has not been able to return to the field yet. After Pant’s absence, the opportunity is open for Rahul to keep wickets for India in all formats. Over the past few years, India have been inclined towards selecting keeper-batsmen who can contribute efficiently with the bat.

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