Kolkata: Former India wicketkeeper-batsman and commentator Deep Dasgupta believes that Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul have the ability to fill in the shoes of India captain Virat Kohli at No. 4 in Tests when the skipper returns to India for the birth of his first child.
“I don’t know about No. 4, Ajinkya can bat at No. 4 if he wants to, he can still stay at No. 5 if he wants to, but I don’t mind seeing KL Rahul batting in the middle order,” Deep told The Lateralz on the sidelines of a promotional event recently.
Talking of the domestic cricket, which is on the verge of resumption, the former glovesman doesn’t expect too much from the cricketers, particularly after sitting at home during the COVID-19 induced nationwide lockdown.
“I just want the guys to get back to the field as it is an extraordinary year. This year we shouldn’t think of where Bengal should finish,” Dasgupta said. Bengal finished runners-up in the last Ranji Trophy.
Whether any improvement is needed for the Bengal team after displaying good cricket in the last season, Dasgupta again said that this year it would more of a mental challenge than physical in this unprecedented year.
“This year it would be a mental challenge more. The hurdles are more mental than physical. As a cricketer, one knows his physical hurdles after having played a few years. I just want the players to enjoy themselves, enjoy cricket as they haven’t played for 8-10 months,” the 43-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator felt.
Games without spectators is another new normal that the players have had to deal with in recent times. “During IPL T20 I was happy that cricket was back again, but yes I miss the experience of the game being played with 60000-70000 spectators cheering,” the former India glovesman said.
Dasgupta played eight Tests and five ODIs for India during 2001-2002. He has one of the most successful Bengal captains to have taken his team to the finals of two consecutive Ranji Trophy editions in 2006 and 2007.
(The Lateralz spoke to Deep Dasgupta at the close of Day 1 of the Adelaide Test)