Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India’s emerging wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel was a revelation in the recently-concluded Ranchi Test against England. Now fans are intrigued by the question whether Jurel would retain his place when India play their next Test match in September with Rishabh Pant aiming a comeback to cricket.

Aggressive player Pant was India’s primary wicketkeeping choice across format, until that unfortunate night in December 2022, when he suffered a tragic car accident.

Reflecting on the selection headache, spin legend and former India captain Anil Kumble admitted that Jurel has all the credentials to achieve what Dhoni did in his career.

“Oh yes, there is Rishabh Pant. We don’t know of course when he comes, comes back whenever that happens. Sooner hopefully for Rishabh. But otherwise, yes, he certainly has all the credentials to get to where MS Dhoni reached in his career. But he has shown that he is not just shown the temperament of his technique to defence but even when he is attacking. Even in that first innings he was very assured he went after and then hit those big sixes when he was batting with the tail and hats off even behind the stumps,” said Kumble.

“Jurel has been exceptional. Especially of the faster bowlers. Spinners again took a couple of really good catches and he is only going to improve. This is only his second Test and I am sure as he starts playing more and more he’ll only get better. And it only augers well for India. And to have him in a squad is exceptional. Yeah, I mean it’s not been easy for KS Bharat. But that’s why I said the selectors, having seen him with only 15 1st class games have chosen him. Saying okay, this is the person who we believe and introduced him in that last Test. And since then he has been outstanding and he has played the match because the batting really I always feel and I don’t want to sort of throw a dampener on this at all because that is not my intention,” he added.