Among the notable selections were three wicketkeepers, including the relatively unknown Dhruv Jurel, marking his debut in the Test arena. Dhruv Jurel's inspiring journey underscores the triumph of talent and perseverance in the face of adversity. Having made his presence felt in the domestic circuit, the wicketkeeper batter has been rewarded with a maiden India call-up for the first two Tests of the five-match series against England.
Who is Dhruv Jurel?
Dhruv Jurel's ascent to the Indian Test team is a narrative of hardships and determination. Hailing from a humble background in Uttar Pradesh, his family's sacrifices have been integral to his cricketing journey. Jurel's tryst with cricket began when his father borrowed Rs 800 to purchase a professional bat, facilitating his entry into a cricket camp in Agra during his school days. Later his mother even sold her gold chain to fund his essential cricket kit.
Dhruv Jurel, the vice-captain in India's triumphant 2020 Under-19 World Cup squad, made his mark in First-Class cricket during the 2022 Ranji Trophy, representing Uttar Pradesh.
With an impressive record of 790 runs in 15 matches, including a century and five half-centuries, Jurel's consistency speaks volumes about his dedication. He also played List-A and T20 formats, coupled with a successful stint in IPL 2023 with the Rajasthan Royals, where he scored 152 runs at a striking rate of 172.72. Rajasthan Royals, recognizing his potential, have retained him for the upcoming IPL 2024 season.
Kumar Sangkara, head coach of Rajasthan, who witnessed Jurel's rise from close quarters, expressed happiness on his inclusion into indian Test side. Sangkara said, he is an absolute match-winner in the T20 format.
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