The Indian opener, KL Rahul has turned-out to become an asset for an Indian team in last month or so be it with the bat or behind the stumps, and on Sunday, again, he proved his worth as a keeper with a ‘Dhoni-esque’ effort to dismiss Tom Bruce. With that run-out, not only did he prove his worth but perhaps also cemented his spot as the wicket-keeper batsman in Team India.
Ever since the MS Dhoni has been on a sabbatical India has been looking at the wrong end of the barrel for a replacement as they opted for Rishabh Pant. On the other hand, it was Rahul who has lived up to the promise of replacing the former Indian skipper behind the wickets, emulating the standards set by Dhoni himself. After his impressive performance during the ODI series against Australia earlier in the year, he continued to showcase his skills in the T20I series against New Zealand.
From plucking catches in mid-air to getting lightning-quick stumpings, in this series, Rahul has definitely broadened his horizon and has become a long-term option for the Indian team. In the fifth T20I, nothing changed for the team and the fans, when a diving Rahul pulled off an effort similar to Dhoni and Superman to dismiss Tom Bruce. This all was possible after Sanju Samson waited on the ball and unleashed a throw at the right end.
A rushing Rahul collected the ball cleanly and just needed to get to the stump to dismiss Bruce and dent the home side’s batting order. And that was clearly what Rahul did, as with a nice pick-up and an extraordinary dive, he broke the stumps to catch the Kiwi player short of his crease.
Here the video of the dismissal:
— Nishant Barai (@barainishant) February 2, 2020
Here’s how people on Twitter reacted to the incident:
Tom Bruce gone. This wicket should go in the account of KL Rahul, who ran in speedily from behind the stumps to the stumps at striker's end to run the batsman out.
Third wicket gone for NZ. #INDvsNZ
— Wesley00005 (@Wesley000051) February 2, 2020
KL Rahul is better Keeper than Pant.
Sanju Samson is better fielder than Pant.
Rishabh Pant : pic.twitter.com/8Joz0JsAiq
— Manish 🏏 (@IManish311) February 2, 2020
Opening, middle order, wicket keeping and now captaining the team India, KL Rahul has all the solution. Somebody please take his blood sample, it might be used to develop vaccination against #coronarovirus .#INDvsNZ
— Sunil- the cricketer (@1sInto2s) February 2, 2020
#NZvIND Aaj KL Rahul me MSD ki jhalak dikhi .Bhut aage jayega ye bhi👍👍👍👍
— arpit mishra (@arpitm222) February 2, 2020
— _shut.up_prashikkk_ (@boywithouthopes) February 2, 2020
Kl Rahul is a champion 🖤 @klrahul11
— sangram pawar (@_sangrampawar) February 2, 2020
If KL Rahul doesn't deserve Bharat Ratna, I don't knoe who does.
— Ghar Se Bahot Dur (@SinhaSaahab_) February 2, 2020
If anyone had any doubts about KL Rahul behind the stumps, that effort to dismiss Tom Bruce just puts any debate to rest.#INDvsNZt20
— Akash Batra (@AkashBatra) February 2, 2020