Team India cricketer KL Rahul donned the wicket-keeping gloves earlier this year when Rishabh Pant suffered an injury during the Australia series. He has done seemingly well behind the stumps so far. However, the youngest wicket-keeper to represent India, Parthiv Patel believes he cannot be a long-term option.
With Rishabh Pant failing to score runs consistently, skipper Virat Kohli turned Rahul into a keeper to accommodate him in the playing XI. The dazzling batsman from Karnataka grabbed the opportunity with both hands knocking runs and doing a decent job with the gloves on. KL Rahul finished as one of the highest run-scorers in New Zealand.
Rahul is a short-term option – Parthiv Patel
Since then, many have pipped Rahul as India’s solution to MS Dhoni, who is in the twilight of his career. But veteran Parthiv Patel sang a different tone stating that KL Rahul is a short-term option. However, Parthiv said that the swashbuckling cricketer can do the job in the upcoming World Cup.
“At this point of time, K.L. Rahul. I feel Rahul is your short-term thing in a way if you’re thinking of the World Cup. I think he’ll do the job for you during the World Cup, there’s no doubt about it,” Patel said in the latest episode of ‘Lockdown But Not Out series by FanCode.
Furthermore, Parthiv Patel also heaped praise on the youngster Rishabh Pant. Touted as the successor of MS Dhoni, Pant has failed to live up to the expectations in recent time. Parthiv urged the young cricketer from Delhi to go back to domestic cricket for a few years to hone his skills and return to top-tier cricket.
Rishabh Pant needs to go back to domestic cricket
“Rishabh Pant definitely has it in him, there’s no doubt about that. If I put myself into his shoes when I was 17-18, I didn’t have a good series, and going back to domestic cricket for a couple of years helped me a lot. Every time I’ve met Rishabh, I’ve always told him that people are talking about you because you’ve talent in you.
If you had no talent and if you weren’t talented, people wouldn’t have been talking about you, so keep that in mind. Sometimes, you have to go back to domestic cricket and just get that form back,” he explained.