Dhruv Jurel joins elite list after bagging POTM award in India’s Ranchi Test win

Dhruv Jurel joins elite list after India secures series win against England in Ranchi

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Trevally He put in a stunning performance with both bat and gloves in the fourth Test at Ranchi. India won the test match by five wickets and secured a series victory against England.

Dhruv Jurel scored an unbeaten 90 and 39 in the match. With Shubman Gill (52*), he added an unbeaten run of 72 runs that took India to victory in the first two sessions.

India scored 307 after being 177/7 in the first innings and won the match after losing five wickets with more than 70 required in the fourth innings. Jurel, playing only his second innings, appears to have filled the void for the wicketkeeper-batsman role in the Test side.

Since Rishabh Pant’s unfortunate accident, India has used players like KS Bharat, Ishan Kishan and also KL Rahul. Rahul remained in the Test series against South Africa. With Kishan’s disciplinary issues and Bharat’s poor performances with the bat, Jurel’s innings turned into gold dust for India.

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He is now the first wicketkeeper to be named Man of the Match in a debut series for India in 22 years. Ajay Ratra was the previous goalkeeper to be named Player of the Match during India’s tour of the West Indies in 2002.

Dhruv Jurel joins MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant on the elite list

Indian Goalkeepers to Win POTM in Tests:

2 – Rishabh Pants
2 – MS Dhoni
1 – Dhruv Trevally
1-Ajay Ratra
1 – Wriddhiman Saha
1 – Nayan Mongia

MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Nayan Mongia, Wriddhiman Saha, Ajay Ratra and Dhruv Jurel are the only six Indian wicketkeeper-batsmen to have won Man of the Match awards. Dhoni and Pant have won two MOM awards in their career, while the others have won only once.

Given that Pant could still take a little longer to return to the Test team, Jurel for now looks to be India’s first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman, especially after his heroics with the bat in Ranchi.

“I play according to the demands of the situation. In the first innings we also needed to get runs, we knew we had to bat last and therefore any run would be vital. I was involved in a few associations, so credit goes to all those who stayed and added races. I just saw the ball and then reacted without thinking too much about the future. The conversation was good (with Shubman Gill in the second innings), we just broke it down into 10-run sets and started developing the partnership.” he said after winning his Man of the Match award.

England will now enjoy their break in Bengaluru and Chandigarh before reuniting in Dharamsala on March 4. They have already lost the series and will now look to win the final test in Dharamsala, where conditions are expected to be very different from before. in the first three test matches.

Ben Stokes, the England captain, praised his players for fighting during the fourth Test in Ranchi. He said in his post-game presentation that the score does not justify how close the series has been and how well his players have played.

“I think it was a great test match. If you see the scoreboard, it will say India won by 5 wickets, but you don’t believe the way things unfolded, the ebbs and flows of each day they happened. I can only be proud of my team, we have had some inexperienced spinners (Bashir and Hartley) but I am proud of their efforts, they came here without much exposure and the way they kept bowling, I can’t ask for anything more.” Stokes said.

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