Young India batsman Dhruv Jurel revealed that England white-ball captain Jos Buttler sent him a message after receiving his India call-up for the Test series against England. The batsman also said that he wants to develop mental toughness with international experience.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced the squad for the first two Tests against England. One of the names that caught the attention of many was Dhruv Jurel. The wicketkeeper-batsman received his first call-up to the team in the big series as well.
Dhruv Jurel made the team thanks to stellar performances in his country. He burst onto the scene during the U19 World Cup 2020 and then made a huge contribution for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, which saw him make a name for himself.
Dhruv Jurel also showed great performance in FC matches. In the 15 games, he has had one century and five half-centuries to his name at an impressive average of 46.47 with the bat.
On receiving the India call-up, Jos Buttler, Dhruv Jurel’s teammate at Rajasthan Royals, was among those who were delighted. The young batsman revealed that the England white-ball captain was happy to see him make it to the Indian team. He also revealed that Yashasvi Jaiswal was the first person who texted him after India’s call-up. In statements to RR, he stated:
“Yashasvi and I go back a long time. We played together in our under-19 days and it has always been a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with him too. He was one of the first to text me and congratulate me, saying ‘Well deserved bhai, so happy for you.’”
“I also received a text message from Jos [Buttler] bhai, said, “I’m glad to see you in the Indian team, there’s a long way to go.”
Dhruv Jurel wants to develop mental strength with international experience
Rajasthan Royals after Dhruv Jurel spoke more about the things he wants to learn from the India vs England series. He believes that many young players are not able to maintain themselves at the highest level, but he does not want to be one of them.
He added that he wants to learn from veteran players how to stay upright on bad days. He concluded by saying that he would do his best to absorb all the pressure. He explained:
“The most important learning I would like to take away from this series is how to develop the mental toughness necessary to survive at the highest level. Many players are called up, but only a few can stay.
Once you are in front of an audience on a much larger stage, you are constantly judged on your performances. That’s why I really want to know how these players deal with bad days, how they deal with criticism and pressure. “I’m going to try to absorb it all.”
With KL Rahul unlikely to keep wickets in the Test series, the way to get an India cap for Dhruv Jurel becomes a bit easy. India also has KS Bharat as a goalkeeper in the team but of late the team has not shown interest in him. Therefore, it will not be a surprise if Jurel ends up making his debut in the first game. The series between India and England will begin on January 25 in Hyderabad and will end in March 2024.