The first ODI of the three-match series between India and Australia is to be played in Sydney on 27 November. In the limited over series, Rohit Sharma will not be able to play, so KL Rahul has been made the vice-captain of the team. Rahul said on Wednesday that he would like to take wicketkeeping in the next three World Cups. Rahul also said that the team management has not talked to him about this yet. Apart from this, when Rahul was asked if he would be able to help the spin bowlers from behind the wicket like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul also gave the exact answer.
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Rahul has become the first choice of Team India in the limited overs, instead of specialist wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson. There are two T20 World Cups and one ODI World Cup in the next three years. Rahul said, ‘My wicketkeeping helps in balancing the team and I also like it. When given the chance, I would like to keep wicketkeeping in all three World Cups. Asked if the team management has talked to him about this, he said, ‘Nothing has been said to me and we are not thinking of it as a team. The World Cup is important but there is a long-term strategy for every team and country.
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The stylistic batsman from Karnataka said, ‘I think of one match at a time. If I continue to do well, then we will have a chance to field an extra bowler bowler or batsman. Rahul bats at number five in ODIs and starts the innings in T20. He admitted that his place in the batting order depends on the format. He said, “It depends on what the team wants from me and which team combination will be better.”
‘Nobody can replace Dhoni’
He said, ‘I also enjoyed batting at number five in the ODI series against New Zealand. Whatever role the team gives me, I am happy to play it. Will he be able to take wicketkeeping from Kuldeep Yadav or Yuzvendra Chahal balls like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he said, ‘No one can replace MS Dhoni. He has shown us the way how the wicketkeeper plays the batsman. He said, “I have a good friendship with Kuldeep, Yuji or Jaddu and if there is any mistake I will give him feedback on which length to bowl or any wicketkeeper will do the same.”