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KL Rahul Shouldn’t Be Bothered With Wicketkeeping Spot In the Indian Squad: Brian Lara

Brian Lara

Brian Lara, the iconic West Indies cricketer, spoke briefly about the contenders for the wicketkeeper-batsman in Team India – KL Rahul, the Kings XI Punjab Captain, Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals Captain, and Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capital Captain.

Brian Lara said KL Rahul, 28, shouldn’t think too much about his wicketkeeping for his place in the Indian squad. Lara called Rahul a “great batsman” and felt he should focus on putting lots of points on the board.

In the current Indian Premium League, Rahul has entertained 302 races so far with a century and two fifties in five games.

Lara also feels that Rishabh Pant has matured in recent years, and I think he has stepped up his responsibilities. Look at how he plays for the Delhi Capitals and wants that responsibility to score points, build an innings, and get high scores. If he continues in his sport like this, I think he will be the #1 choice to replace MS Dhoni behind the Indian team’s stumps.

Notably, with 171 runs in 5 matches, Pant is 10th on the IPL 2020 top scorers list.

Speaking about Sanju Samson, Lara said the 25-year-old is a “classy batsman” but appears technically susceptible in front of good bowlers at sports wickets. Sanju Samson played at Sharjah’s wickets but has not scored outside of it in the current edition of the IPL.

“Sanju Samson, who doesn’t guard for the Rajasthan Royals but I do understand he keeps, this is one of his main jobs as a very classy player, looks good so far in the Sharjah tournament. I feel there is a small flaw in his arsenal, in terms of his technique against very good bowling sporty tracks”.

However, after playing IPL 2020, the Indian team is set to travel to Australia and is likely to play bilateral playoffs in all formats. It would be interesting to see the national selectors pick who among the three contenders for the wicketkeeper’s position.