The selection of a reliable wicketkeeper batsman who can score quickly with the bat further down the order in addition to his rapid glovework behind the stumps is India's biggest dilemma ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024.
The 30-year-old Jitesh Sharma is presently the front-runner for the role. In his brief career of nine matches, he has made some excellent cameos and done some respectable work with the gloves behind the stumps.
Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, and KL Rahul are all contenders for the highly sought-after according to India's head coach Rahul Dravid, therefore the fight is set to heat up for the spot in the upcoming months. Notably, Kishan traveled to South Africa with India's squad for all three formats of the previous tour; however, he pulled out of the tour and flew to Dubai citing mental fatigue.
"We've got quite a few keeping options. We saw a couple of guys in this series, whether it is Sanju, or Jitesh. You speak about Rahul, there is Ishan, Rishabh... all of them are in the mix. We just have to see how things pan out in the course of next few months and then we can take a call what's the best way to go," said Dravid after India's thrilling win in the final T20I in Bengaluru.