The first match of the 2-Test series between India and South Africa will be played at Centurion from December 26. Which team will Team India play in the first Test? There is always speculation that the Indian will play in the eleven. Above all: Which player will get a chance as a wicketkeeper in the playing eleven? Along with KL Rahul, KS Bharat is a candidate to be the wicketkeeper. But Indian coach Rahul Dravid has now made it clear through gestures that KL Rahul will be given preference over KS Bharat in the starting XI for the first Test match.
India coach Rahul Dravid said in the press conference that KL Rahul is confident about his wicketkeeping in the Test format. He said that wicketkeeping in the Test format was a fun challenge. But this is a good opportunity for KL Rahul. Since Ishan Kishan is not part of our team, we still have options for the wicketkeeper. KL Rahul is full of confidence about his wicketkeeping. However, this player did not keep wickets continuously in Test matches, but kept wickets in 50-over format.
Rahul Dravid said that KL Rahul has been keeping wickets continuously for the last 5-6 months. But in South Africa the ball moves faster after hitting the pitch than when it spins. This makes KL Rahul’s job easier as the ball doesn’t rotate too much on the pitch here. It is great for us to have an option like KL Rahul who can also bat well apart from wicketkeeping. However, according to Rahul Dravid’s statement, it is believed that KL Rahul will be given preference over KS Bharat in the first Test, which means KL Bharat may have to sit out.