India middle-order batter KL Rahul was included in the team for the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 as the second wicketkeeper batter. Ishan Kishan was included as the first wicketkeeper. However, after the first round games against Pakistan and Nepal, Kishan is yet to keep wickets apart from a few overs in Super Four games against Green Brigade, Pakistan.
In the game against Sri Lanka, Rahul kept the wickets during India’s entire bowling innings. Meanwhile, in this listicle, we will discuss three reasons why Rahul must keep wickets for India rather than Kishan.
Three reasons why KL Rahul must keep wickets
1. Decisive with DRS calls
The right-hander kept wickets in the game against Sri Lanka fully. During the game, Rahul wasn’t too hyped up around the discussion for either caught behind or LBW reviews. Even though Rohit Sharma went against his word and burned a review, the former understood that Rahul’s judgment was close to flawless.
2. Rahul has played this role before
In 2020 (before COVID-19), when Rishabh Pant had a concussion before an ODI game against Australia, Rahul started keeping wickets for the next 10-11 months. Even though the team didn’t play for six-seven months due to the pandemic, Rahul was the keeper batter in white-ball formats. Although Pant had a great BGT series in 2020-21 and made a comeback in other formats, he is currently injured and won’t play this year.
3. Experience with gloves
Even though he is not a regular keeper, he has managed to do well in white-ball formats. Compared to Kishan, he has been a bit better and sometimes flawless. Although Kishan isn’t the best of outfielders, Rahul still is a better choice.