His glovework has been nothing short of superb, adding depth to the Indian squad's versatility. Rahul's wicket-keeping skills have come to the forefront as he managed five catches in four matches during this competition.

Dravid emphasized the significance of Rahul's performance, considering that he isn't a regular wicket-keeper, stating, "It is a challenge since he is not someone who keeps regularly. He's kept a bit more than I did but it's still challenging considering that he came back from a long injury."

Confidence in Rahul's Abilities

Rahul's performance extends beyond the boundaries of wicket-keeping. Dravid highlighted that Rahul's skills behind the stumps have boosted the team's confidence in him. 

Dravid commended Rahul's determination and hard work in making a remarkable comeback after his injury. 

"We thought we would build him up and play him in matches leading up to the World Cup but couldn’t do that because of his injury. The way he came back and worked hard is great. He’s kept really well, and it's really good to see, which gives us a lot of confidence in his abilities," Dravid added. 

As India prepares to face New Zealand in a top-of-the-table clash, Rahul's form, both as a wicket-keeper and as a middle-order batsman, is expected to play a pivotal role. 

The Men in Blue, guided by the accolades and confidence instilled by coach Rahul Dravid, are poised to take another significant step toward securing a spot in the knockout stages of the 2023 World Cup.