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- Lokesh Rahul, Sanju Samson, Ishaan Kishan performed brilliantly in IPL, all three vying for regular wicketkeeper batsman in Team India
- Rahul was included in all three formats for the tour of Australia, part of the Samson One-Day and T20 teams; Pant is only in the Test team
After former captain and wicketkeeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket, Team India is looking for a player like him. In Test cricket, Wriddhiman Saha tried to make up for his lack of performance, but no player other than him has met expectations in any format.
In the recently ended IPL-13, players like Lokesh Rahul, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant and Ishaan Kishan have definitely raised hopes. In the IPL, the Indians had less chance of wicketkeeping, but tried to impress the selectors by proving their usefulness in the team as a batsman.
On the basis of performance in IPL, 5 wicket-keeper batsmen have submitted a claim for India team. In this, four have got a place in the team for the T20, ODI and Test series for Australia tour. While one still awaits the debut. Lokesh Rahul is at the top of these 5 contenders. Apart from these, Riddhiman Saha, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant and Ishaan Kishan have put up their claim by performing well.
All except Ishaan Kishan have been included in the squad for the tour of Australia. Sanju Samson has been included in One-Day and T20. Lokesh Rahul has been included in all three formats. At the same time, Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant have been included in the Test team. Let’s take a look at the performance of these 5 contenders …
Lokesh Rahul has been included in all three formats of Team India for the tour of Australia. For the last few matches, Rahul has also been playing as a wicketkeeper in India’s One-Day and T20 teams. Rahul has played 32 ODIs so far. He has scored 1239 runs at an average of 47.65, with 4 centuries and 7 half-centuries. Rahul has scored 1461 runs in 42 T20s with the help of 2 centuries and 11 half-centuries.
At the same time, Rahul has scored 2006 runs at an average of 34.58 in 36 Test matches. He has 5 centuries and 11 half-centuries. In the IPL, Kings XI Punjab captain Rahul has scored 670 runs in 14 matches of this season at an average of 55.83. He has also caught 10 catches.
Riddhman Saha’s place is confirmed in the Indian Test team, but given his performance in this season of IPL, he may be given a chance in limited-overs cricket. Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Saha scored 214 runs in 4 matches at an average of 71.33. He has also scored 2 half-centuries in his innings.
Saha has scored 1238 runs in 37 Tests for Team India at an average of 30.2. During this time he has also scored 3 centuries and 5 half-centuries. Saha has 52 catches and 11 stumps while staying behind the wicket. Apart from this, he has scored 41 runs in 9 one-day matches at an average of 13.66 and has made 17 catches and 1 stump behind the wicket.
Rishabh Pant was the first choice of the Indian selectors after Dhoni, but Pant could not take much advantage of this opportunity. Pant saved his place in the Test by scoring centuries in Australia and England, but Saha is the front line keeper of the team there. Pant has been included in the Test team for the current tour of Australia. Playing for Delhi Capitals this season, he has scored 343 runs in 14 matches at an average of 31.18.
Pant has scored 814 runs in 13 Tests at an average of 38.76, including 2 centuries and 2 fifties. At the same time, he has 59 catches and 2 stumps while staying behind the wicket. Talking about one-day cricket, Pant has scored 374 runs in 16 matches at an average of 26.71. This includes 1 half-century and made 8 catches and 1 stump while staying behind the wicket. At the same time, in 28 T20s, he has scored 410 runs at an average of 20.50. This includes a half-century and 7 catches and 2 stumps while staying behind the wicket.
Sanju Samson has been named in Team India for the series of 3 One-Day and 3 T20 matches against Australia. He scored 375 runs in 14 matches played for Rajasthan Royals, including 3 fifties at an average of 28.34. Apart from this, he made 9 catches and 2 stumps while staying behind the wicket.
At the same time, for Team India, Samson has scored 35 runs in 4 T20 matches at an average of 8.75 and made 2 catches and one stump while staying behind the wicket. Talking about first class cricket, Samson has scored 3162 runs in 55 matches at an average of 37.64. Which includes 10 centuries and 12 fifties and made 73 catches and 7 stumps while staying behind the wicket.
Wicketkeeper batsman Ishaan Kishan is still waiting to play for the country. This player had a huge contribution in making Mumbai Indians champions for the 5th time. Kishan did not get an opportunity to do wicketkeeping in this season of IPL, but his performance as a batsman caught everyone’s attention. He scored 516 runs in 13 innings of 14 matches at an average of 57.33, including 4 fifties.
Ishan Kishan, who plays Dhoni from state Jharkhand, has scored 2334 runs in 72 List-A matches at an average of 36.46. Which includes 12 half-centuries and 3 centuries. Apart from this, he has 80 catches and 7 stumps while staying behind the wicket.