‘Take-aways’ from the Zimbabwe tour : Every series, be at home or away, irrespective of the opposition, throws up some ‘take aways’ that could be useful for the team in times to come.
The recently concluded Indian tour to Zimbabwe, though a very insignificant one from the quality of the opposition, did give out certain new perspectives for the Indian selectors.
The ‘key take’ aways from the tour :
- KL Rahul
With a tally of 196 runs from 3 innings (unbeaten twice) at an average of 196 and an individual high of 100*, a century and a half century to his credit, this Karnataka youngster has definitely announced his arrival on the big stage.
He also ended up with 69 runs from 3 innings (unbeaten once) in the T20I series.
Though he could not exihibit is glove work in the series for very obvious reasons, he showed great expertise in ‘working behind the stumps’ in the IPL tournament.
With a decent score of 3,465 runs in the domestic circuit with 337 as his personal best and 1,421 runs from List A games, he stands tall amongst the fringe players who deserve to get an entry into the Indian dressing room.
Given the fact that Wriddhiman Saha, who took over as India’s stumper post Dhoni’s retirement from the longer format, is yet to establish himself and also given the fact that Dhoni might be contemplating hanging the gloves from the shorter format too, sooner than later, Rahul fits the bill clearly and the ’wise men’ in BCCI would just do well to encourage this youngster and give him the opportunity when he is at his best.