MS Dhoni is someone who has been behind the stumps for more than a decade. Regarded as one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen of the modern time, MS has always carried out his duties as a cricketer with utmost justice and perfection. But, in the past couple of years, no one could disagree with the fact, that the veteran has lost his silver touch.
MS Dhoni is not the hard-hitting wicket-keeper batsman that he once was. He has been failing to keep up the scoring rate, and even regarded as one of the prime reasons for India’s failure in the recently concluded ODI series.
With continuous criticisms hurled over him, it looks like MS Dhoni’s career might hit a dead end prior to the World Cup campaigns.
Keeping that in mind, let’s have a look at the top 3 wicket-keeper batsmen who could replace MS Dhoni in the series to come.
Rishabh Pant ( Delhi)
This is one name that doesn’t need any description. Rishabh Pant is perhaps the number 1 choice who could slip into Dhoni’s shoes. He is undoubtedly one of the strongest contenders for the role of Indian-wicketkeeper.
His swash-buckling performances in IPl 2018 earned him accolades from many legends of the game, where he emerged as one of the leading run scorers for the tournament with 684 runs under his belt.
Not only in the flashy T20 competitions, Pant enjoys a terrific run in the domestic circuits as well. He averages 55.62 in 20 first-class games and has amassed 1555 runs with 4 hundreds and 5 fifties to his name.
Also, he possesses a decent wicket-keeping ability, which makes him an automatic choice for MS Dhoni’s replacement.
Ishan Kishan ( Jharkhand)
The 20-year old lad has a lot of similarities with MS Dhoni. Both hail from the same state, both are wicket-keepers and both possess a similar style of hard-hitting ability.
Ishan Kishan had a terrific run during the IPL 2018, as he appeared as the leading run scorer for Mumbai Indians in the tournament. In fact, he was Mumbai Indians’ default choice throughout the season.
In the 31 first-class games, he has managed to amass 2097 runs at an average of 41.11 with 4 hundreds and 11 fifties, with the high score being 273. If Ishan is able to maintain his consistency in whatever opportunities he gets, then he could be considered as a perfect replacement for MS Dhoni.
KL Rahul ( Karnataka)
Well, he’s a surprise entrant to this list. The 26-year-old Karnataka lad is an integral player for the team in all 3 formats of the game.
Since his debut against the Australians in the 2014-15 Border Gavaskar trophy, Kl has managed to soar higher in the world of cricket with every passing series. His century in the Australian soil was a testament to his top-notch batting ability.
In 20 test matches, he has managed to score 1512 runs at an average of 40.86 with 4 hundred and 11 fifties and a high score of 199 to his name.
His wicket-keeping abilities also seem to be quite decent, considering he focuses more on his batting prowess. be it while playing for RCB or with KXIP, KL was a regular player in both the
KL had a terrific IPL this summer, where he managed to amass a jaw-dropping 650 runs in the games that were played and emerged as the 3rd leading run-getter in the tournament.