Does ICL have the answer for India’s reserve wicket keeper?


The recent test series against Sri Lanka saw the Indians find it difficult to identify a reserve wicket keeper. Dhoni no doubt is the NO-1 wicket keeper a far cry from the situation in July-Aug -2007 when Indians were touring England. That series saw the emergence of Dinesh Karthik as a competent opening bat and was almost pushing Dhoni for the coveted no-1 keeper position in the Indian side.

Back home and in the A-series the diminutive Parthiv Patel was stroking in some consistent knocks showing promise of a strong comeback.

However Dhoni’s ascendancy and stature as a player has been coincided by a sharp fall in form of both these young cricketers, resulting in them being dropped from the Indian side and relegated to the domestic cricket structure. The Sri-Lankan test series was a stark reminder of a reality that in the absence of Dhoni India does not have a prominent back up keeper. So who provides the answer for the important reserve keeper job?

Personally I think the answer lies in ICL & Hyderabad Heroes wicket-keeper batsman Ibrahim Khaleel. Ever since the former Australian wicket keeper & coaching stalwart, Steve Rixon took over the reigns of the Hyderabad Heroes; has been instrumental in developing Khaleel into a top class wicket –keeper batsman.

Another strong testimonial for Khaleel has been from the legendary Jeff Dujon, who during his ICL commentary stint proclaimed Khaleel as one of best emerging wicket keeping talents fro India.

Khaleel has won the coveted wicket-keeper batsman position in the ICL –India team, a significant achievement looking into the fact that he competes with the likes of Deep Dasgupta, Sarabjeet Singh, Adam Parore & Nic Pothas on the ICL platform.

Also the fact that he was handpicked on the ICL platform by Kiran More adds strong credentials for the young wicket keeper-batsman.

Khaleel is one of the many fascinating stories emerging from the ICL chapter of Indian cricket and as a true patron of Indian cricket, I can only hope that the hard working domestic talents like Ibrahim Khaleel receive their due recognition from Indian’s humongous cricketing fraternity.

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