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IND vs ENG: Dhruv Jurel to replace KS Bharat in India playing XI for 3rd test - Reports

Published at :February 12, 2024 at 3:43 PM
Modified at :February 25, 2024 at 5:11 PM
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Saurabh Anand

Dhruv Jurel is likely to make his test debut for India against England in the Rajkot test.

Wicket-keeper KS Bharat is likely to be replaced in the India playing XI for third test against England at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. Bharat did a decent job behind the wickets, but couldn’t shine with the bat. Team management might try out a new option in uncapped Dhruv Jurel in the third test. Bharat was trusted with India’s wicket-keeping responsibilities in the first two test matches.

23-year-old Dhruv Jurel was included in India’s side for the first two test matches as well, but he warmed the benches. Team management gave preference to KS Bharat. Jurel scored a half-century while playing for India A against England Lions. Indian team management believes Jurel will be a better batting option than KS Bharat in the Indian lower order.

Jurel likely to make his debut

As quoted by Times of India, a source informed that the Indian team management is unhappy with KS Bharat’s performance in the first two test matches. A source revealed, “Bharat’s batting has been well below-par, while his ‘keeping hasn’t been great either. He isn’t making use of his chances. Jurel, on the other hand, is talented, has a good attitude, and has a bright future... Don’t be surprised if Jurel makes his Test debut at Rajkot” 

Wicket-keeper Dhruv Jurel has played 15 First Class matches in his career and scored 790 runs. Jurel’s batting average in First Class cricket is 46.47 which makes him a better candidate for the position. KL Rahul kept wickets in the South African tour, but Virat Kohli’s absence prompted Indian team management to play Rahul as a proper batter.

Ace Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is likely to be rested for the fourth test match in Ranchi. The Team management wants to manage the workload of the Indian pace bowler. Mohammed Siraj was given rest in the second test match. Bumrah and Siraj have been constantly playing test cricket for India. India’s wicket-keeping dilemma will go on till Rishabh Pant makes his comeback in the Indian playing XI.

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