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“Wicket-Keepers Available for India right now”

MS Dhoni has not only been one of India’s greatest keepers but has also been one of the greatest keepers in the world. He is arguably one of the best glovemen of all time. However, since he has announced his retirement from international cricket India will now have to look for another wicket-keeper who could do the keeping duties as well as bat. Today we shall be discussing 5 such keepers who could be a perfect replacement for MS Dhoni as a keeper for India.

1) KL Rahul:


KL Rahul is unarguable India’s best wicket-keeper batsman currently. His keeping skills in the ODIs and T20Is of late has managed to impress the selectors and it seems that they’re planning on sticking with him as the regular WK for India in white-ball cricket. This could be a boon for India as he’s the best batsman among all the keepers in the country. If KL Rahul continues playing the way he is could very well go on to become one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen of this generation.

2) Rishabh Pant:


Arguably one of the most talented players of this generation, Pant has been lauded by the cricket pundits for his talent and aggressive instincts. He has been India’s best WK in the longest format of the game. He was always considered as the next MS Dhoni. If he unlocks his full potential then he could become a reckon in all the three formats of the game.

3) Sanju Samson:


Samson might not have been able to replicate the feats of KL Rahul and Pant but he’s definitely one of the most talented keepers India have at present. Despite making his debut in 2015, he had to wait for 5 years to get another chance to play for India. His numbers in international cricket might not show it but he has a lot of potentials and he his IPL record is proof of that.

4) Ishan Kishan:


The 2016 U-19 World Cup captain is another candidate to become the permanent keeper for India. He has shown glimpses of potential in the domestic circuit and as well as the IPL. If he could improve his keeping a little then we could very well see him with the Indian jersey behind the stumps in the near future.

5) KS Bharat:


In February 2015, he became the first wicket-keeper batsman to score a triple hundred in the Ranji Trophy. In November 2019, Bharat was added to India’s Test squad for the second Test against Bangladesh, as cover for Wriddhiman Saha. Recently in 2020, he was added to Indian’s squad for the ODI series against Australia after Rishabh Pant suffered a concussion. Taking his domestic record into consideration he too could be a good keeping option.

By Arvind Krishnan

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