Can Dhruv Jurel retain his spot in playing XI after Rishabh Pant’s return? BCCI official has his say

Dhruv Jurel was named the Man of the Match for his batting display in 4th Test against England.

Dhruv Jurel and Rishabh Pant
Dhruv Jurel and Rishabh Pant. (Image Source: X)

A BCCI official on the condition of anonymity reserved the highest respect for Dhruv Jurel as a batsman. Recently, a report by the Telegraph, stated that Dhruv Jurel can retain his spot in the playing XI as a specialist batsman even after Rishabh Pant’s return from injury.

In the wake of Dhruv Jurel’s stellar batting performance against England in the fourth Test, BCCI official opened up that the 23-year-old can still retain his spot in the playing XI even after Rishabh Pant’s return to the team as a wicketkeeper-batsman.

The BCCI official is of the notion that Dhruv Jurel can retain his place as a “specialist batsman”. He further added that the Agra-born cricketer proved his worth as a batsman in the recently-concluded Test match against England.

“You never know. Even after Rishabh Pant’s return, Jurel could still retain his place in the XI as a specialist batter. He has proved he can be an asset to the team just as a batsman too,” a BCCI insider told the news outlet.

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Dhruv Jurel showcased his class as a batsman in Ranchi Test

India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel proved that he is worth the weight in gold after his batting masterclass in the fourth Test against England in Ranchi recently. On a turning track when the hosts required someone to dictate the terms, Jurel upped his ante when it mattered.

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Notably, he scored a match-defining 90 in the first innings which helped Team India keep up with England’s pace. The newcomer then followed it up with an unbeaten 39* in the run-chase and deservedly earned the Man of the Match award.

On the other hand, Rishabh Pant carved out a reputation for himself as the first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman for India before he met with a career-threatening accident in late December 2022. However, the Roorkee-born is not far away from making a comeback. Pant was spotted hitting the gym recently and is planning to make a comeback for the upcoming season of the IPL.

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