In what could be a pivotal development for the Indian cricket team, emerging wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel appears poised to make his debut in the upcoming India vs England 3rd Test, slated to commence on February 15 in Rajkot. During Tuesday’s training session, the 23-year-old actively participated in India’s wicketkeeping and catching drills, sparking speculation about his inclusion in the playing XI.
Adding to the intrigue, keen observers have noted the speculation surrounding India’s potential adjustments in the wicketkeeper and slip cordon roles for the forthcoming Test. Rumours suggest Dhruv Jurel might take on the wicketkeeper role, with Sarfaraz positioned at first slip, Yashasvi at second slip, and Patidar at gully, mirroring the configurations observed during practice sessions.
This prospective introduction of Jurel hints at a potential shift from KS Bharat, who has faced criticism for inconsistent performances. Bharat, acting as the primary wicketkeeper in the absence of Rishabh Pant due to injury, has struggled to seize the opportunities presented to him.
India’s new wk and slip cordon ready for launch in 3rd Test vs England at Rajkot? Dhruv Jurel keeping, Sarfaraz at first slip, yashasvi at second slip, payidar at gully #indiaveng #cricket pic.twitter.com/ql9bQ1cOvh
— Gaurav Gupta (@toi_gauravG) February 13, 2024
Following a setback in Hyderabad, where India suffered a 28-run defeat in the series opener, the team showcased resilience in the second Test at Vizag, clinching victory by 106 runs.
With the anticipation building for the Rajkot showdown, India’s strategic decisions are under scrutiny. The impending third Test, scheduled at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on February 15, precedes subsequent encounters in Ranchi (February 23) and Dharamsala (March 7).
As fans eagerly await the forthcoming clash with England, the spotlight shines on Dhruv Jurel, whose potential debut adds an extra layer of excitement to the series. All eyes are on the budding talent, with hopes that his inclusion could provide the spark needed for India to maintain their winning momentum.