KL Rahul will play as a specialist batsman in the Test series against England – claims BCCI official

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Indian cricketer KL Rahul, after an incredible comeback in Test cricket, will be seen playing not as a wicketkeeper but as a specialist batsman in the home Test series against England. Rahul played in the two-Test series against South Africa and scored a brilliant century in Centurion. However, according to the TOI report, the team management wants to use him as a specialist batsman and not a wicketkeeper on the turning tracks at home.

A BCCI source made a big revelation regarding KL Rahul

A BCCI source was quoted by TOI as saying, “Rahul will play as a specialist batsman from now on. While in overseas Tests you just have to stand up to the fast bowlers, wicketkeeping is not easy in India, where the spinners can work in tandem. The ball may bounce or spin faster on spin-friendly home wickets. You have to move up and down as a ‘keeper. “We want a specialist in that role.”

The source further said, “Rahul, on the other hand, is one of our most valuable batsmen. We don’t want to trouble him by making him keep wickets. There is also a risk of injury if he stands behind the stumps. Which we cannot tolerate. Bharat and Dhruv Jurel will be our wicketkeepers in this series.”

There has been a lot of debate about Ishan Kishan’s availability after he asked for a break due to mental fatigue during the South Africa tour. Whereas there were many reports that the team management had thrown him out due to his poor attitude. But later coach Rahul Dravid clarified in a press conference that Ishaan has not yet made himself available for selection.

Regarding this matter, the source said, “He (Ishan) has not been considered for the England series because he has not yet told the BCCI whether he can be considered for selection again or not.”

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