Dhruv Jurel’s unexpected Test call-up for the England series under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy elicits joy. The 22-year-old wicketkeeper’s journey from India A to the senior team captures cricket enthusiasts’ attention.
New Delhi, January 13, 2024 – In a heartwarming turn of events, Dhruv Jurel, the 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, received the surprise of a lifetime as he was named in the Indian squad for the first two Tests against England. The announcement was made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), solidifying Jurel’s position in the elite team led by Rohit Sharma, with Jasprit Bumrah as his vice-captain.
The news reached Jurel while he was in a relaxed state, possibly even preparing for bedtime, unaware that a life-changing moment awaited him. His friends, calling with excitement, delivered the news that he had been selected to represent India in the upcoming Test series against England.
Although Jurel had consistently showcased his skills in domestic cricket and for India A, a Test call-up had never crossed his mind. Expressing his joy, he shared, “My friends told me that I have been selected for the England series. I was very happy. I have performed well for India A. But I didn’t think about my selection for the senior team. I just focused on performing well.”
Having previously donned the Indian jersey during the U19 World Cup in 2020 and being a regular member of the India A and emerging Indian sides, this call-up held a special significance for the young cricketer. Despite being selected as a backup keeper, Jurel’s enthusiasm remains undeterred.
Sharing the moment with his father, an ex-army man, added an emotional layer to the achievement. Recounting the conversation, Jurel said, “When I told my dad, he was ecstatic. He asked me for which Indian team I have been selected. I said ‘the one with Rohit (Sharma) bhaiya and Virat (Kohli) bhaiya.’ It was an emotional moment for the entire family.”
As the Indian team prepares for the first Test at Hyderabad on January 25, Jurel’s inclusion as a backup keeper marks a significant milestone in his cricketing journey. The cricketing fraternity eagerly awaits to see the talented player make his mark on the international stage.