Former Indian coach Ravi Shastri wants KL Rahul to take up the wicket-keeping role in the World Test Championship Final. India and Australia will clash for the title in The Oval. The World Test Championship Final has a reserve day as well. KL Rahul has two centuries in England in Test cricket. India became the first team to qualify for the WTC final for the second time.
Ravi Shastri on KL Rahul
“KL Rahul should be keeping. Clear-cut. You don’t have to keep much to the spinners. At No. 5 or 6, he can strengthen the batting and can keep wickets too. Of course, he can also keep in Tests because you have to see the all-round strength. It’s not like the ‘keeper that we have right now is so good that he can’t be dropped. He is also a newcomer, KS Bharat and he will learn with exposure, but for this one-off big game, you have to weigh all the options,”
Ravi further added that
“He (KL Rahul) has really done well to keep the selectors interested ahead of the WTC final,” Shastri had told Star sports earlier. “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.”
Even Shreyas Iyer is set to miss the World Test Championship Final after a back injury. Iyer is going to get surgery for his injury. It is now more or less confirmed that Rahul will play in the final.