India won the four-match series against Australia with a 2-1 scoreline and held on to the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Additionally, they have also secured a place in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, which is scheduled to begin on June 7 at The Oval in London.
With India getting ready for the WTC final under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, the selection of players has become a key topic of discussion among cricket analysts. It is worth noting that the absence of wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will be a significant blow for the Indian team.
According to reports, Ravi Shastri, former India head coach, has suggested that KL Rahul can be considered as a wicket-keeper for the WTC final. This suggestion was made as KS Bharat, who replaced Rishabh Pant in the four-match series, did not perform well.
Ravi Shastri on the WTC final
“He (KL) has really done well to keep the selectors interested ahead of the WTC final. Two things, one for the ODI series when Rohit Sharma returns and the other for the WTC final… India can bolster their batting if Rahul can keep wickets,” Shastri said.
“Rahul can bat in the middle-order – No. 5 or 6. In England, you have to generally keep wickets from far behind. You don’t have to keep up to the spinners a lot. He (KL) has two more ODIs to go before the IPL. He can cement his place in that Indian team,” he added.
KL Rahul played a match-winning innings vs Australia
KL Rahul has a good track record in Test cricket on English soil with 614 runs scored at an average of 34.11, including two centuries. However, he was dropped from the playing XI following his poor performance in the first two Tests against Australia at home.
In the first ODI against Australia held on March 17 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, KL Rahul made a remarkable comeback with a match-winning performance. He played an unbeaten innings of 75 runs off 91 balls, including one six and seven fours.