'No One Can Replicate What Dhoni Sir Has Done': Dhruv Jurel On Sunil Gavaskar Comparing Him With Former Indian Captain

'No One Can Replicate What Dhoni Sir Has Done': Dhruv Jurel On Sunil Gavaskar Comparing Him With Former Indian Captain

Jurel, who made his Test debut during the recently-concluded series against England, was sharp behind the wickets, solid with the bat and quite instinctive while guiding captain Rohit Sharma during DRS calls.

PTIUpdated: Friday, March 15, 2024, 07:18 PM IST
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Dhruv Jurel and MS Dhoni | Credits: Twitter

He might be drawing comparisons with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel on Friday said nobody can quite match up to the former India captain and he would rather focus on carving his own niche in international cricket.

Jurel, who made his Test debut during the recently-concluded series against England, was sharp behind the wickets, solid with the bat and quite instinctive while guiding captain Rohit Sharma during DRS calls.

His assured performance prompted the legendary Sunil Gavaskar to compare Jurel with Dhoni, but the 23-year-old, who is the son of a Kargil war veteran, begged to differ.

“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’ here.

“There is only one Dhoni. Always was and always will be. For me, I just want to be Dhruv Jurel. Whatever I do, I want to do as Dhruv Jurel. But Dhoni sir is a legend and he will always remain like that,” added the young wicketkeeper-batter.

'Test Cricket is the purest form': Jurel

Jurel called Tests the “purest” form of the game and said getting the India cap was a dream come true for him.

“It (getting the Test cap and getting the man of the match) hasn’t yet sunk in. It was a pleasure to play Tests, the purest form of cricket. I was sure that I would play Test cricket some day and it has been a dream-come-true moment for me.” said the youngster, who at the age of 12, travelled alone to a cricket academy in Noida for training from his Agra home.

"“I always wanted to play Tests. When I was playing U-19, my goal was to play 200 Tests, which I later realised was not possible,” he added.

Jurel on comparisons between Test Cricket and IPL

Jurel also dismissed comparisons between Test cricket and Indian Premier League as unrealistic.

“(For me) IPL has not reduced the love for (Test) cricket. When I got the baggy cap (India Test cap), it was a different feeling altogether. There is no contest whatsoever (between the two). Test cricket is at a different level,” he said.

On whether he fancies his chances of making the squad for the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the USA, Jurel said he wasn’t thinking so far ahead. The World Cup is to be held in June.

“To be honest, I don’t have to think much; let’s just control the controllables,” he said.

'My dad was not in favour of cricket': Dhruv Jurel

It was an emotional moment for Jurel when his father, Nem Chand, who was also present among the guests at the conclave, saluted his son for bringing laurels to the country.

“Dad was in the (Indian) Army. He wanted me to join the special forces and prepare for the NDA (National Defence Academy exams). Dad was disciplined in diet and training.

“(But) he was not in favour of cricket. So I did not tell dad (initially) that I had started playing cricket. He tried to convince me to continue with academics. Then I approached my mother and tried to bring both on the same page.

“Finally, he agreed to get me a slogger bat made of Kashmir willow. When I wanted a kit worth Rs 5000-6000, my mom said she would sell her gold chain to get me one,” he recalled a well-documented anecdote from his formative years.

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