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KL Rahul receives praise from his namesake for his wicketkeeping display in the 2023 ODI World Cup

Indian head coach Rahul Dravid has praised KL Rahul for taking on the role of wicketkeeper to perfection in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023.

Speaking ahead of the home side’s clash against New Zealand in Dharamshala, Dravid praised the fact that Rahul has adapted to the challenges of remaining so fluid after being out for almost four months due to a hamstring injury he picked up during the Indian premiership. League (IPL) 2023. The tactician drew parallels to his playing days, when he kept wickets for the Indian team, notably in the ODI World Cup in 2003, to bring greater balance in the playing XI game.

Rishabh Pant was arguably the team’s first-choice wicketkeeper, but his unfortunate accident forced him to retire from the competition. Rahul has taken on the role of a middle-order stabilizer and enforcer to perfection, with his numbers at No. 5 reflecting his prowess with the bat. However, it was his efforts behind the stumps that caught the attention of the head coach.

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“KL Rahul has done a fantastic job. Rahul has really held up superbly in this tournament and has batted very well whenever he got the chance. It is a challenge because he is not someone who continues regularly .He has kept a little more than me.but it is still a challenge considering he is coming back from a long injury,” Dravid said ahead of India’s match against the Kiwis.

“We thought we were going to develop him and play him in the matches leading up to the World Cup, but we couldn’t do that because of his injury. The way he came back and worked hard is excellent. He “held himself very well and it’s really good to see, which gives us a lot of confidence in his abilities,” explained the head coach.

Rahul scored a fantastic unbeaten 97 to guide India home in their opening World Cup encounter against Australia in Chennai. He played a few handy knocks after that and will take on an even more instrumental role in the middle order due to Hardik Pandya’s absence against New Zealand.


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