Madan Lal Weighs In On India’s Wicketkeeper Battle For World Cup
By CricShots - Aug 7, 2023 6:34 pm
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Former India all-rounder Madan Lal has said that it is a “debate” to choose between KL Rahul, Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan as a wicketkeeper for the upcoming World Cup. Lal said that Rahul has just recovered from injury and will play matches soon, so it will be interesting to see how he performs.

Ishan Kishan
KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan

Madan Lal also said that Kishan is playing really well and has made a case for himself, but it is up to the team management to decide who they will go with. Kishan was named as the ‘Player of the Series’ against West Indies in ODIs, where he scored 184 runs in three matches with half-centuries in all of the games.

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Kishan has smashed a double century and six fifties in 16 ODI innings, in which he has scored 694 runs at an average of 46.26, with a strike rate above 107. Rahul’s absence has left a big void in the middle order, where he boasts of some really solid numbers. Following Rishabh Pant’s injury and some disappointing performances at the top of the order, Rahul was being used as a number-five batter.

Madan Lal
Former World Cup winner Madan Lal

In 18 ODIs he has played as a number five batter, he has scored 742 runs at an average of 53.00 and a strike rate of 99.33. He has one century and seven half-centuries in this position, with the best score of 112. Madan Lal also said that India can make a comeback during the T20I series against West Indies.

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“Team can make a comeback. The series consists of five matches. West Indies is a good T20I side and they have a style suited to the format. They can give India a tough time. India has to be really careful about it,” said Madan Lal.

India have lost the first two T20Is against West IOndies and are currently 0-1 down in the series. The third T20I will take place on Sunday in Guyana.