Mamba Mentality: Dhruv Jurel ready to fight for keeper’s spot in Team India

Mamba Mentality: Dhruv Jurel ready to fight for keeper’s spot in Team India

India Cricket Team: Young keeper batter Dhruv Jurel talks of Mamba Mentality and how he is ready to fight for his spot

Dhruv Jurel is one of the contenders to fight for the keeper’s spot for Team India for ICC T20 World Cup. The youngster knows of the competition but believes in Mamba Mentality. He is ready to fight for his spot in the team and thus is more focussed on improving his game.

Heading into the T20 World Cup, there is a selection dilemma for the keeper’s spot. Jitesh Sharma tops the charts while KL Rahul is the designated keeper of the Indian Cricket Team. Alongside Jurel, there is Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant, vying for a spot in the team.

Mamba Mentality

Dhruv Jurel went on to reveal that he is a big fan of Kobe Bryant and his Mamba mentality. Depicting the challenge as a team sport, he claims that everyone is playing for Team India. Thus winning games is of utmost importance.

“I am a big fan of Kobe Bryant and the Mamba mentality, so whenever I am a bit low, I listen to his old podcasts and draw inspiration. I don’t see it as a competition because, at the end of the day, everyone is playing for India and winning matches. That’s what matters,” Dhruv Jurel told Sportstar.

I keep asking myself whether I am moving forward and taking my game to the next level, as I believe that we compete with ourselves and not with anyone else. The competition will be there, but you just need to focus on your game and move on,” he added.

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Keeping Challenge for Team India

With the game evolving, it is also a tough job for the keepers. Also in the modern game, keepers will have to be good batters. Jurel claims that now keepers have specified batting positions. He also revealed how MS Dhoni‘s wise words acts as a constant advise for him.

Every wicketkeeper-batter has his designated batting position, and people often criticise players without understanding their job. Batting at No. 7 or No. 8 is always difficult. I had a conversation with (MS) Dhoni bhaiya regarding this, and he told me that “if you bat at No. 7 or No. 8, failures are certain. You need to cut out the noise and not think about what people say. If you manage to win two out of 10 games for your team, that’s enough,” Jurel concluded.

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