T20 World Cup 2024: Since MS Dhoni‘s retirement in 2019, the Indian cricket team has experienced a constant shuffle in the wicketkeeper position. Over the past year, three players – Jitesh Sharma, Sanju Samson, and Ishan Kishan – have been tested in T20Is. As the T20 World Cup approaches in June, the competition for the wicketkeeper role is intensifying.
In the recent 12 months, Ishan Kishan has participated in the highest number of T20Is, featuring in 11 matches. Meanwhile, both Samson and Jitesh have had their chances, playing in 9 matches each to showcase their batting and wicketkeeping abilities. However, starting from November, Jitesh has gained more trust from the team management, emerging as the preferred choice in the last two series against South Africa and Afghanistan. In terms of batting, Jitesh’s most notable performance was a 19-ball 35 against Australia in the 4th T20I last month.
Ishan has primarily been tested as an opener, showcasing his skills with two half-centuries against Australia in November. However, with the return of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to the T20I lineup, it appears challenging to place Ishan in the top order. On the other hand, Sanju and Jitesh have been utilized in the middle order, with the latter often taking on the role of a finisher.
India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, is content with the available options and has also considered KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant as potential contenders. The latter is currently undergoing recovery at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) following a severe accident in late 2022.
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