In an Instagram video, KL Rahul shared an amusing conversation with teammate Jasprit Bumrah during their training session. Rahul began by detailing his training routine, including running exercises and batting practice in the nets. He playfully anticipated Bumrah’s teasing remark, predicting the fast bowler would jest that batting is an easier task.

“I guarantee you Bumrah is gonna mention how hard a fast bowler’s life is. I GUARANTEE YOU!,” Rahul could be heard saying in the video.

Right on cue, Bumrah delivered the lighthearted banter, stating, “Your job is easier, to bat, hide behind a bat.” Amused by his accurate prediction, Rahul joyfully remarked to the person recording, “What did I tell you, did I call this or no?!”

Rahul is set to lead India in the ODI series against South Africa with several key players rested or recovering from injuries. His return from a prolonged injury saw him shine, notably scoring a century against Pakistan in the Asia Cup and delivering a crucial unbeaten 97 in the 2023 World Cup opener against Australia. Known for his exceptional wicketkeeping skills, he’s been included in the Test squad as a keeper alongside Ishan Kishan.

However, the challenge of keeping wickets in red-ball cricket differs significantly from limited-overs matches, prompting curiosity about India’s preference between Rahul and Ishan in the upcoming South Africa series.

Bumrah, after his last Test against England in June 2022 where he captained the team, is also set to make his comeback to red-ball cricket. His exceptional performance in the recent World Cup and remarkable form post his recovery from injury highlights his readiness to rejoin the Test format.

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