Five Wicketkeeper-Batsmen Who Could Play For India Under New Selection Panel
Earlier this month, Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) selected India's new chief selector Sunil Joshi and the other selector Harvinder Singh who replaced Gagan Khods of the central zone. Joshi took over the reins of ex-chief selector MSK Prasad.
As the new members are included in the selection panel, there will surely be some changes in the strategy of selection. In the process, some new players might get chances while for some, the chances to get selected might get less.
In the current Indian team, the only position which is still in question of wicketkeeper-batsman.
After MS Dhoni has left that place, India had tried the youngster Rishabh Pant who has drastically failed with wicketkeeping. Pant's injury gave KL Rahul to don the glove. Has India done experimenting with this position or still finding an option?
The answer is still not known.
Here, we have discussed the five wicket-keeper batsmen whom the new selection panel can give a chance in the foreseeable future.
Five Wicket-Keeper Batsmen Who Could Play For India Under New Selection Panel:
The wicket Keeper batsman can prove to be beneficial to the team. He has played 78 First-class matches scoring 4283 runs with nine centuries and 23 half-centuries. The Andhra player is the most consistent player since his first-class debut in 2013.
Last year, he was called in the team for the replacement in the Indian team for the home series. However, he could not get the place in the final XI.
The youngster is the regular face in India A team. So, he could get the chance and he could line up as one of the wicketkeeper-batsmen to feature for India under the new selection panel.
4) Narayan Jagadeesan
Narayan Jagadeesan hails from Tamil Nadu can also be the choice for the wicketkeeping job. The youngster is the reliable wicketkeeper-batsman who had a decent Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season.
In the match against Saurashtra, who is the winner of this season, he scored 183 runs which became his fourth century in the longest format cricket. Currently, the middle-order batsman is in good form.
Jagadeesan has played 23 First-class matches for Tamil Nadu so far, having added 1174 runs to his name, including four fifties and four centuries.
He has also played an equal number of List A matches, wherein Jagadeesan has five fifties and one century to his name. For his prolific performance, he was bagged by Chennai Super Kings in 2018. The player might learn from his senior MS Dhoni during the league.
3) Ishan Kishan
The wicketkeeper-batsman hails from the MS Dhoni's home town. His name has been heard many times from the selectors as well as the Indian head coach for his impressive performance. He was in the eye of selectors when MS Dhoni took a long break.
Rishabh Pant's degrading performance has again brought him in the discussion. He also led the Indian team in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup where the team finished as the runner-up.
The youngster has played 72 List A matches and 76 T20s matches to score 2334 and 1714 runs respectively. In IPL, Mumbai Indians (MI) use him as the pure batsman but not as a wicketkeeper. Besides, MI uses him as the middle-order batsman while for India A he gets the place as the finisher. His fluidity to play at any batting order is an advantage for the team.
2) Sanju Samson
The Kerela player has been in and out of the Indian team and has failed to capitalize on the opportunities given. In the last tour of New Zealand, he was given chance to open the innings when Rohit Sharma was given rest. However, after hitting a six, he was sent back by the pacers.
Though he is one of the reliable players in the IPL circle. He shot to fame at a very young age of 18. He proved that he got a temperament of a big player and has all the shots.
For his state team though, Samson has played 55 First-class matches, hitting 3162 runs, courtesy of 12 fifties and 10 centuries. In 90 List-A matches, the right-handed batsman has amassed 2324 runs.
Under the new selection panel, fans could see Samson being handed opportunities more regularly.
1) Dinesh Karthik
The wicketkeeper-batsman has not featured in the Indian team after the World Cup 2019. During the mega event, he got only three chances, one of them was in the semi-finals where he could not create an impact which India eventually lost against the Black Caps. He has been since then dropped from the team.
However, Karthik is a regular in the domestic circuit, captaining Tamil Nadu. He had led his team to the finals of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20 and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20 but lost the match to Karnataka in both the competitions.
Currently, India is looking for someone at the finisher position as MS Dhoni has left that place vacant. Thus, Dinesh Karthik can be the perfect option for the job.