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Updated December 24th, 2023 at 20:19 IST

'It's an opportunity for him to do something': Rahul Dravid underlines KL Rahul's role in 1st Test

Following India's ODI series victory, they will now face South Africa in a two-match Test series. The 1st match will start on Boxing Day.

Anirban Sarkar
Kl Rahul during a practice session
Kl Rahul during a practice session | Image:PTI
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Team India will face a stern test when they take on South Africa in the two-match Test series. The first match will kickstart on Boxing Day and it will pose a great challenge for the Rohit Sharma-led side. India is yet to lodge a Test series victory on the South African soil.

3 things you need to know

  • India to take on South Africa in the first Test
  • Team India already claimed the ODI series 2-1
  • India have never won a Test series in South Africa

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India face South Africa in a two-match Test series

The return of Rohit and Virat Kohli added a major boost to the Indian side. Both the players e enjoyed time off after the ODI World Cup and are now ready to don the white shirt once again. KL Rahul is another player who will be eager to prove his credentials in the longer format. The wicketkeeper successfully executed his duty behind the stumps in the recently concluded World Cup and will return to the Test team after a long hiatus.

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Rahul Dravid confirms KL Rahul's role in the first Test

Injuries forced him to miss the World Test Championship final and the subsequent West Indies series and coach Rahul Dravid believes Rahul has all the abilities to replicate his role in this format too.

“It's an exciting challenge. It's an opportunity for him to do something different. With Ishan unavailable, we had a couple of keepers to choose from. Rahul is very confident about giving it a go. We understand that he hasn't done that quite often (in longest format), but he has done it in fifty overs, and even that is tough.
“He has done a lot of keeping in the past five-six months. One of the things here is that there is more pace bowling than spin, which will ease him into the role. We will see how it goes. It is nice to have someone like him, someone who has the ability with the bat and keep."

Rahul kept wickets for the Men in Blue in all the World Cup matches.

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Published December 24th, 2023 at 20:18 IST

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