In the upcoming first Test against South Africa, KL Rahul is set to take on the role of wicketkeeper, confirmed by coach Rahul Dravid. Team India, gearing up for their return to Test cricket since July, aims for their first-ever Test series victory in South Africa. The inclusion of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, returning for their first international appearance since the World Cup final in November, adds experience to the squad. KL Rahul, recovering from an injury-forced break, is back in the Test team and is expected to embrace the challenge of wicketkeeping in the longest format.
Despite not having a significant history of keeping wickets in Tests, Rahul’s recent stint as a wicketkeeper in ODIs, particularly during the World Cup, has given him the confidence to take on this role in the Test series against South Africa. Coach Dravid expressed his enthusiasm about Rahul’s versatility and willingness to embrace a different responsibility. With Ishan unavailable, Rahul’s proficiency with both the bat and the gloves makes him a valuable asset for the team.
Dravid acknowledged that while Rahul hasn’t frequently kept wickets in the longest format, his recent experience in ODIs and the predominantly pace-bowling conditions in South Africa could ease his transition into the role. The head coach emphasized Rahul’s dual ability as a batsman and wicketkeeper, making him a valuable addition to the squad. Rahul’s recent captaincy in the ODI series against South Africa, where he also kept wickets in the decisive final match, adds to his credentials for the upcoming Test challenge.