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Wicketkeeping Woes: BCCI scrambles for T20 World Cup choice amidst IPL frenzy

Wicketkeeping Woes: BCCI scrambles for T20 World Cup choice amidst IPL frenzy

The upcoming IPL 2024 season becomes a crucial testing ground for these wicketkeepers. Their performances will determine who gets to don the gloves for India at the T20 World Cup.

The Indian cricket team is gearing up for the ICC T20 World Cup in June, but a crucial question mark hangs over the squad – who will be the wicketkeeper? With the Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) season upon us, the selectors are looking for answers on the field.

Unsettled Wicketkeeping Position: T20 World Cup

Despite a relatively settled batting and bowling line-up, the wicketkeeping position remains a cause for concern.

The selectors haven’t finalized their choice, and the upcoming IPL will be a crucial platform for contenders to prove their worth. The clock is ticking though, with the team announcement deadline set for May 2nd.

Rishabh Pant Return

Rishabh Pant, the first-choice wicketkeeper, is recovering from an injury and his return is eagerly awaited by BCCI selectors in Team India. However, he’ll need to regain form and prove his fitness quickly to secure his place as per TOI.

The Contenders: A Field of Uncertainty

Several other players are vying for the position, but each comes with its own uncertainties. Jitesh Sharma, the only one with recent T20I experience, offers a known quantity. However, Sanju Samson, Dhruv Jurel, and KL Rahul all face challenges.

Dhruv Jurel’s playing time with Rajasthan Royals, captained by Sanju Samson, is unclear. Samson himself has seen limited opportunities with the national team.

KL Rahul’s recent injury raises questions about his ability to handle wicketkeeping duties as well.

Middle-Order Mix and Wicketkeeping Woes

The team’s middle-order composition further complicates the selection process. With the opening slots likely filled by Rohit Sharma, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Shubman Gill, the wicketkeeper will need to contribute runs in the middle or lower-middle order.

Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer: Outside Looking In

Both Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer face an uphill battle. Their chances of making the World Cup squad seem slim, with the BCCI prioritizing players committed to domestic cricket.

However, an exceptional IPL performance could change their fortunes, especially for Ishan Kishan who is a certified WK-batter.

The IPL as a Testing Ground

The upcoming IPL 2024 season becomes a crucial testing ground for these wicketkeepers. Their performances will determine who gets to don the gloves for India at the T20 World Cup. The selectors will be watching closely, hoping to find the answer to their biggest question mark.

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