Not sure if KL Rahul possesses the wicket-keeping ability, has only seen him batting: Syed Kirmani

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Not sure if KL Rahul possesses the wicket-keeping ability, has only seen him batting: Syed Kirmani
Not sure if KL Rahul possesses the wicket-keeping ability, has only seen him batting: Syed Kirmani

Syed Kirmani, the former Indian cricketer, reveals that wicketkeeping is a special job and one is born with the ability to do the tactics. The veteran believes KL Rahul has not been experienced in the post and is often seen scoring runs on the field with the bat.

Not sure if KL Rahul possesses the wicket-keeping ability, has only seen him batting: Syed Kirmani

“Do the knowledgeable know that a wicketkeeper has to be born? When I say born, he or she has to be gifted with “good vision, supported with athletic agility, reflexes, sense of anticipation.

I am not sure if KL Rahul possesses this gifted ability, I have only seen this lad batting all by himself on a bowling machine at the NCA, before representing Karnataka. When he started keeping wickets, I don’t know. All the Best to him,” said Kirmani as quoted by Hindustan Times.

However, he thinks Rishabh Pant needs experience in the post for being a pro in wicketkeeping as he has not capitalized on the chances provided to him.

“Yes, Pant did not capitalize on the chances provided to him. Wicketkeeping is the most thankless and difficult job in cricket and I believe Pant has to be properly groomed. I agree that talent has to be encouraged, but mind you, in every profession, talented and promising youngsters have to be under the study of experienced seniors,” he added.

Syed Kirmani acknowledged that a skill cannot be learned overnight thus, a player needs to practice at least for two seasons.

“Otherwise a lot of water will go under the bridge by the time the youngster comes up to the expectations. Pant is immensely skilled. That skill will bloom and flourish with experience, it cannot be overnight. It will take a minimum of two seasons if one is a quick learner,” concluded Kirmani.

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