Mahendra Singh Dhoni and wicket keeping have become synonymous in Indian Cricket. The former Indian national team captain has been behind the stumps for over a decade. After retiring from the Test cricket, Dhoni has committed himself completely to the limited form of the cricket but the Captian cool ain’t getting younger. Dhoni, 36 will definitely be a first choice keeper for the Indian team in the next year cricket extravaganza in England. His super form in ongoing Indian Premier League is something which makes it clear that he will definitely be keeping for the Indian team in ICC Cricket World Cup but the question is who will be his successor after the tournament if he decides to retire.
Indian cricket needs an explosive batsman who can fill the void created by Virendra Sehwag and if its a wicketkeeper than its double bonanza. Rishab Pant in short career in first-class cricket and IPL has shown what he can do with the bat. The bulky Delhi lad is one of the most destructive batsmen in India.
Rishab has the ability to clear the fence at his will, his triple hundred in Ranji Trophy couple of years back was a delight. In IPL 2018, Rishab is showing a form of his life. The Delhi Daredevil keeper is among the leading run scorer in the tournament and looks like he will not stop punishing the bowlers. Pant is equally good with the glows, he has looked agile behind the stump for the Delhi Daredevils.
His consistency with the bat makes him one of the prime candidate to fill in Mahendra Singh Dhoni shoes. He was part of the Indian t20 setup but failed to perform but he is definitely one to watch for the future.
Mahendra Singh Ranji teammate Ishan Kishan is one of the rising stars in Indian cricket. The current Mumbai Indian wicket batsman hasn’t really lit up the IPL 2018 yet but given enough indication about his talent. Mumbai Indians are struggling in the IPL 2018 but few innings which Ishan played were absolutely amazing to watch.
He hasn’t looked out of sort with teams failing to pick up victories in the tournament. It’s his inconsistency which is a bit of worrying otherwise he is talent which can be nurtured not just replace Dhoni but also lead Indian team. Ishan Kishan was the captain of India u-19 which was runner-up in U-19 World Cup in 2016.
KL Rahul has transformed over the course of Indian Premier League 2018. The stylish batsman has changed a lot of thing about his game. From a grinder, he has become a bit of a basher. The 12 ball fifty against Delhi Daredevils was mind-blowing. He was always a consistent batsman but his newfound no fear attitude with the bat has been a delight to watch. Unlike past, where he used to grind his inning, Rahul starts blasting from the ball 1.
One more thing which has improved about him is his wicket keeping. The Karnataka lad is regular with the glows for Kings XI Punjab. He has looked in no discomfort till now. His wicket-keeping has given Punjab extra cushion in the tournament. His solid technique with bat and wicket keeping certainly makes him a choice which team India cannot ignore.
Sanju Samson is one more keeper-batsman who looks elegant while batting and yet can give bowlers a hammering. Samson is regular with gloves while playing for Kerala but he is not been keeping in IPL. He is one of the very few Indian batsmen in the Rajasthan Royals setup which has provided consistent performances. The team is struggling but Samson performances have been eye-catching.
His batting has been consistent for the IPL as well as his Ranji team but it’s wicketkeeping which has been a bit of an issue. quite a few critics believe Samson needs to start focusing on his keeping as much as he does in his batting if he wants to walk in Indian cricket team.