Dhruv Jurel: Inspired by Dhoni's Advice on Finishing Games

Dhruv Jurel: Inspired by Dhoni’s Advice on Finishing Games

Dhruv Jurel, the promising wicketkeeper-batter who made his Test debut for India against England, has drawn comparisons to the legendary MS Dhoni from none other than Sunil Gavaskar. However, Jurel remains humble and focused on his own path.

“Thank you so much Gavaskar sir for comparing me with Dhoni sir. But I want to say personally that no one can replicate what Dhoni sir has done,” Jurel said at the ‘India Today Conclave’.

Jurel recently revealed a valuable piece of advice he received from Dhoni regarding finishing games. “Every wicketkeeper-batter has his designated batting position, and people often criticize players without understanding their job. Batting at No. 7 or No. 8 is always difficult,” Jurel told Sportstar.

“I had a conversation with (MS) Dhoni bhaiya regarding this, and he told me that ‘if you bat at No. 7 or No. 8, failures are certain. You need to cut out the noise and not think about what people say. If you manage to win two out of 10 games for your team, that’s enough.'”

Jurel admitted that Dhoni’s words inspired him. “When you bat down the order in a high-pressure situation, you don’t know what the bowlers are thinking, and you can’t afford to waste time. People often consider wicketkeepers as additional batters, but it’s not always easy to bat in tricky situations.”

Despite the comparisons to Dhoni, Jurel remains focused on his own game. “The competition will be there, but you just need to focus on your game and move on.”

When asked about his chances of breaking into the Indian team for the T20 World Cup, Jurel was honest and realistic. “I don’t see myself anywhere. It has always been a dream of mine (to play in the World Cup for India). But, I won’t think about it. If I get that opportunity, good. If I don’t get it, fine. It’s about scoring runs for me, play good cricket, help my team win. That’s all I think, no matter what match is it.”

Jurel faces competition for the T20 World Cup squad not only from outside but also within his IPL team, Rajasthan Royals. Sanju Samson, one of India’s finest wicket-keeper batters in white-ball cricket, will also be hoping to make a strong case for his inclusion.

Hogg Advocates Jurel as India's Test Wicket-Keeper, Urges Caution with Pant's Return

Hogg Advocates Jurel as India’s Test Wicket-Keeper, Urges Caution with Pant’s Return

Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has urged India to retain Dhruv Jurel as their specialist wicket-keeper in Test cricket, even after Rishabh Pant recovers from his injuries. Pant has been sidelined since late 2022 due to a car accident, but is expected to return to action in the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL).

Hogg believes that Pant should prove his fitness and form in domestic cricket before being considered for the national team. “I think they will keep with Jurel and not go back to Pant quickly,” Hogg said on his YouTube channel. “I think they will make him go and play some first-class cricket in the longest format so that they make sure his body can withstand it and make sure, from a batting perspective, he still has the ability that he had before the accident.”

Hogg emphasized the importance of caution in Pant’s return to Test cricket. “I really hope that Pant gets back to playing Test cricket, but I feel it is a huge risk if they rush him back,” he added.

Meanwhile, in the ongoing fifth Test between India and England in Dharamsala, Kuldeep Yadav starred with a five-wicket haul to dismiss England for 218. Yadav’s performance, along with Ravichandran Ashwin’s four wickets in his 100th Test, gave India a strong start on the opening day.

Jurel's Dhoni-Like Masterplan Dismisses Pope in Dharamsala Test

Jurel’s Dhoni-Like Masterplan Dismisses Pope in Dharamsala Test

Indian wicket-keeper Dhruv Jurel showcased his astute cricketing acumen on Day 1 of the fifth Test against England in Dharamsala, executing an MS Dhoni-esque masterplan to dismiss Ollie Pope.

Jurel, known for his sharp reading of the game, predicted Pope’s intention to step out of his crease against Kuldeep Yadav’s spin. In the 26th over, Jurel exclaimed from behind the stumps, “Yeh badhega aage (he will step out).”

Kuldeep, heeding Jurel’s prediction, delivered a flighted delivery, and Pope obliged by stepping out. Jurel, with lightning-fast reflexes, completed the stumping, leaving Pope dumbstruck.

Kuldeep’s brilliance continued throughout the first session, bamboozling England’s batters. He struck twice, dismissing Ben Duckett and Pope, to leave the visitors at 100 for two at lunch.

Duckett’s mistimed hit was caught by Shubman Gill, who displayed exceptional athleticism by running backward from cover. Pope, after surviving a close DRS call, fell victim to Kuldeep’s googly, stepping out only to be stumped.

Kuldeep’s emergence as a formidable Test bowler has solidified his place alongside Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in India’s spin attack. His ability to flight the ball and deceive batters has made him a potent weapon for the Indian team.

Sunil Gavaskar Compares Dhruv Jurel to MS Dhoni, Sees Potential for Indian Team

Sunil Gavaskar Compares Dhruv Jurel to MS Dhoni, Sees Potential for Indian Team

MS Dhoni, the legendary Indian cricketer, has set an unparalleled benchmark for finishers in the game. His exceptional batting style has often rescued the Indian team from precarious situations. Despite not being a technically proficient batter in the conventional sense, Dhoni’s effectiveness has been undeniable, both for India and the Chennai Super Kings.

Recently, Sunil Gavaskar, the iconic former Indian cricketer, drew comparisons between Dhoni and a rising star, Dhruv Jurel. During the fourth Test in Ranchi, Jurel’s composed batting after the fall of the top order prompted Gavaskar to make the bold claim.

“Watching Dhruv Jurel’s presence of mind makes me think he’s the next MS Dhoni in the making,” Gavaskar said during commentary. “I know it’s a big claim, but when Dhoni was young, he showed the same presence of mind.”

Gavaskar has since elaborated on his comments, explaining that Jurel’s game awareness and adaptability remind him of Dhoni. “The way he thinks about the game, assesses the situation, and bats accordingly gives me the MS Dhoni feels,” Gavaskar said. “He can hit a six and then rotate the strike with ones and twos. Even in keeping, his quick reflexes and brilliant catches are reminiscent of Dhoni.”

Gavaskar believes that Jurel has the potential to emulate Dhoni’s success, albeit in his own unique way. “No one can become MS Dhoni,” he said. “But if Jurel can manage to do even some portion of the things Dhoni did, it would be great for Indian cricket.”

Gavaskar also sees Jurel as a potential option for the Indian team in shorter formats. “His ability to hit sixes with ease shows that he has the game for T20s and ODIs,” Gavaskar said. “If he gets a chance, he will likely bat at No. 5 or 6 as a finisher, just like Dhoni.”

Jurel’s IPL form will be crucial in determining his future prospects. “Form is very important,” Gavaskar said. “But the ease with which he is hitting sixes shows that he has the game for shorter formats.”

Dhruv Jurel: The Next MS Dhoni in the Making, Says Anil Kumble

Dhruv Jurel: The Next MS Dhoni in the Making, Says Anil Kumble

Legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble has heaped praise on young wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel, comparing him to the legendary MS Dhoni. Jurel made a remarkable Test debut in the third match against England at Rajkot, scoring a valuable 46 off 104 balls. He followed it up with a match-winning performance in the fourth Test in Ranchi.

Kumble, speaking to JioCinema, lauded Jurel’s temperament and technique. “Dhruv Jurel certainly has all the credentials to get to where MS (Dhoni) reached in his career,” Kumble said. “He’s not just shown the temperament of his technique to defend but even when he’s attacking. Even in that first innings, he was very assured, he went after and then hit those big sixes.”

Kumble also praised Jurel’s glovework, particularly against pacers. “He has (Jurel) been exceptional, especially of the faster bowlers…He is only going to improve. This is only his second Test and I am sure as he starts playing more and more he’ll only get better. And it only augers well for India. And to have him in a squad is exceptional,” he elaborated.

Jurel’s contributions were crucial in India’s victory in the fourth Test. In the first inning, his knock of 90 runs and a 76-run partnership with Kuldeep Yadav pulled India out of a difficult situation and reduced England’s lead to just 46 runs. Later, his 39* in the second innings and partnership with Shubman Gill helped India overcome the pressure of quick wickets and pull off a tense run chase of 192 runs. He earned the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his efforts in only his second Test.

Jurel will be in action again in the fifth and final Test to be played at Dharamshala from March 7. His performances have raised expectations, and he is seen as a potential successor to Dhoni, who retired from international cricket in 2020.

Sunil Gavaskar Compares Dhruv Jurel to MS Dhoni, Highlights Potential for Greatness

Sunil Gavaskar Compares Dhruv Jurel to MS Dhoni, Highlights Potential for Greatness

Sunil Gavaskar, the legendary Indian cricketer, recently drew comparisons between young wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel and the iconic MS Dhoni. Jurel’s impressive performance in the fourth Test against England in Ranchi, where he played a crucial knock of 90, prompted Gavaskar’s remarks.

Gavaskar emphasized that while there can never be another Dhoni, Jurel has exhibited signs of a promising future in Indian cricket. “No one can become MS Dhoni. There is only one MS Dhoni. But if Jurel can manage to do even some portion of the things Dhoni did then it would be great for Indian cricket,” Gavaskar said.

Jurel, who expressed gratitude towards Gavaskar for his remarks, has garnered attention with his consistent performances since his debut in Rajkot. The 23-year-old cricketer, previously a member of India’s U19 World Cup team in 2020, has showcased his talent with notable contributions in domestic and IPL cricket.

Gavaskar further emphasized that Jurel’s performance in the upcoming IPL will be crucial in determining his prospects for the T20 World Cup. “If he gets a chance then he will bat at No.5 or 6 only, as a finisher. We’ve seen how Dhoni did coming in to bat that number in the last 4-5 overs of the innings. The same will be expected from him,” stated Gavaskar.

Jurel’s ability to play under pressure and his match awareness have drawn comparisons to Dhoni. However, Gavaskar cautioned against putting too much pressure on the young player. “We should not put too much pressure on him. He is still young and has a long way to go. But he has shown that he has the potential to be a great player,” said Gavaskar.

Jurel’s journey has been marked by hard work and dedication. He has spent countless hours honing his skills and has always been eager to learn from experienced players. His performances have earned him praise from coaches and teammates alike.

As Jurel continues to develop, he will undoubtedly face challenges and setbacks. However, his determination and resilience will serve him well as he strives to reach the pinnacle of Indian cricket.

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