Rajasthan Royals (RR) head coach Kumar Sangakkara recently praised Dhruv Jurel for his work ethic and demeanour. His comments came after Dhruv was selected to the Indian squad for the first two Tests against England. However, Jurel did well for the recent India A tour of South Africa, scoring a well-compiled 69 in Benoni. He also did well for RR in IPL 2023 despite batting down the order in high-pressure situations. He scored 152 runs at a strike rate of over 172 in 13 matches as well.
In an interview with ANI News after Jurel’s selection to the Indian Test squad, Kumar Sangakkara said: “Firstly his work ethic and his demeanor. He understands pressure, he came last season in one of the most difficult positions and scored so many runs for us. An absolute match winner in the short format but this is a really good test of his technique, character and application being in the Test side. He’s always going to do well, he’s just that kind of player.”
However, despite Dhruv Jurel’s cameos, RR missed the playoffs and finished fifth on the points table in IPL 2023 as well. And, Team India announced a 16-member squad for the first two Tests against England, with KL Rahul, KS Bharat, and Dhruv Jurel as wicketkeepers as well. Kumar Sangakkara added that a primary goal for the Rajasthan Royals is to produce as many players for the Indian team as possible.
“One of our (RR) key motivation and performance indicators away from the IPL is producing players for India. We’ve produced quite a lot over the years and Dhruv being a new addition, he’s a really good player who has worked very hard to get to where he has. The fact he has gone through our development camps and ended up in the Test side is fantastic,” said Kumar Sangakkara. “That’s up to their selectors to decide how to construct their red and white ball sides. Our job is to produce the best players possible who can stand a chance in any format.”