Reports by TOI suggest that Dhruv Jurel is likely to replace KS Bharat for the 3rd India vs England Test in Rajkot, following Bharat’s lackluster performance in the second Test, where he scored 17 and 6.

Team India is reportedly considering Dhrul Jurel as a potential wicket-keeping option, signaling a shift from KS Bharat due to his underwhelming performance with the bat. With Bharat struggling to make an impact in recent matches, including the second Test against England where he scored 17 and 6, Jurel’s inclusion in the upcoming third Test in Rajkot seems likely.

Despite Bharat’s commendable glove work, his lack of significant contributions with the bat, coupled with Jurel’s promising form in the 2024 Ranji Trophy and against England Lions, has prompted the team management to explore alternatives.

“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. He has done well for Uttar Pradesh, India A, and the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Don’t be surprised if Jurel makes his Test debut at Rajkot,” a source told the Times Of India.

With Ishan Kishan and KS Bharat sidelined for various reasons, Dhruv Jurel has a golden opportunity to solidify his position in the Test squad, especially in Rishabh Pant’s absence. Ishan Kishan, on the other hand, is reportedly training with the Pandya brothers in Baroda, bypassing Ranji Trophy participation, which has drawn ire from the BCCI.

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BCCI intends to communicate with all players soon, urging them to prioritize domestic red-ball cricket unless they’re on national duty or recovering at the NCA.

“In the next few days, all the players will be communicated by the BCCI to play for their state team in the Ranji Trophy, as long as they are not on national duty, with only those who are unfit and recovering at the NCA being granted an exemption. The Board isn’t too happy with certain players already in IPL mode from January,” the source added.

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Last Updated on February 12, 2024

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