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NEW DELHI: Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar recently clarified his comparison between young wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel and the legendary MS Dhoni. Gavaskar’s comments came in the wake of Jurel’s impressive performance during India’s fourth Test against England in Ranchi, where he showcased remarkable character and match awareness.
During the first innings of the Ranchi Test, Jurel played a crucial knock of 90, steering India closer to England’s total with a resilient partnership with the lower-order batsmen.
Gavaskar, in the midst of Jurel’s impressive innings, drew parallels between the young talent and Dhoni, making ‘…another MS Dhoni in the making’ comment. It sparked discussions across the cricketing world.Addressing his comparison, 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 on Sports Tak, highlighting Jurel’s potential impact.
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, outlining Jurel’s potential role in the shorter formats.

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