KL Rahul is been seen as one of the potential replacements for MS Dhoni behind the stumps in the shorter formats of the game for India. In a pre-series presser on Wednesday, Rahul, who has been appointed as the vice-captain of the Australia series spoke about India’s preparations for the upcoming series.
In the same context, he answered questions on his comparisons with MS Dhoni. Speaking about the former Indian skipper, Rahul said that no can replace Dhoni and that those are massive shoes to fill. Incidentally, the legendary wicket-keeper batsman hung his boots from international cricket on August 15, calling time on his 15-year career.
No One Can Replace MS Dhoni – KL Rahul
KL Rahul is fresh off a memorable IPL season for him personally. He ended the season with the Orange Cap scoring 670 runs in 14 games. He spoke at length on his comparisons with Dhoni and his role as a gloveman for Team India.
“Look, obviously nobody can fill the place of MS Dhoni, he has shown the way to the wicket-keeper batsman on how to do the role perfectly, I think I will probably go and give the spinners the feedback regarding what length can be bowled on different wickets. Wicket-keepers have this responsibility, and I have done this job in one series in New Zealand, so hopefully, I can do the same going ahead,” said Rahul during a virtual press conference on Thursday.
KL Rahul, who was recently the vice-captain in the absence of Rohit Sharma, also spoke about his batting style and approach to a particular game. He is likely to open the batting for India in the absence of Rohit Sharma in the limited-overs games.
“Nothing has been told to me, we as a team are not thinking that far ahead, World Cups are important, that is the long vision for every team but I think for me, we are still taking it one game at a time, and if I keep putting consistent performances as a keeper and batsman, it gives us the choice of playing an extra batter or bowler. If I can keep in the coming three World Cups, I would love to do it for my country,” said Rahul.
After the ODIs and T20Is, KL Rahul will still be key for the Test series. The four-match Test series starts from December 17 and Indian skipper Virat Kohli will play just the first Test. Thereafter he will return back to India on parental leave. The series will be a part of the World Test Championship.
Australia are on top of the standing while India is at the second position after ICC altered the points system for WTC due to the coronavirus pandemic.