The gloves will be shared by Prabhimran and Dhruv Jurel, who has impressed as a finisher in the few opportunities he has had as an impact player in the Rajasthan Royals.
One of the fortunate choices was Delhi bowler Harshit Rana, whose speed impressed everyone during the IPL. He recently scored his first first-class hundred in his Duleep Trophy debut match.
Dhull, captain of India’s 2022 U-19 World Cup winning team, had a disappointing second season at Ranji in which he scored 270 runs in six games and before that another 191 runs in seven Vijay Hazare games.
It is clear, however, that the senior selection committee, which checks not only the number of runs but also looks at a player’s long-term talent and potential, did not want the 20-year-old Delhi Capitals player to just disappear from the national selection radar.
The same can be said of Assam’s Riyan Paragh, who flattered and cheated despite the numerous chances given to him by the Rajasthan Royals team in the IPL, but selectors are guided solely by talent quotient.
Deputy Dhulla Abhishek is in good form in both Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad and the selectors have also encouraged homegrown performers like Nikin Jose from Kerala, Nishant Sindhu from Haryana, Pradosh Ranjan Paul from Tamil Nadu and the brightest talent of all, Bi Sai Sudharsan.
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