India’s ODI team – Debate on Ishan Kishan – to open or not to open

Where? Ishan Kishan If fits into India’s ODI puzzle KL Rahul Is not ready on time For Asia Cup? This will be one of the biggest decisions the team management and selectors will face when they select India’s Asia Cup squad later this week.
Kishan has so far scored 425 runs out of his 694 ODI runs at the top order. He has come up with his best performance in six innings with an average of around 80 and a strike rate of 125. 210 runs against Bangladesh At the end of last year.
So the numbers clearly suggest Kishan is best suited at the top, but that’s right there Rohit Sharma with bats Shubman GillWhose ODI numbers for 2023 Also particularly compelling: 750 runs in 12 innings, including three centuries and two half-centuries.

Then is there any solution? Where does Kishan bat?

Former India all-rounder and coach, “At the top order, nowhere else.” Ravi Shastri Said on Star Sports show selection day, “The rest have to be flexible. Between Rohit, Virat and Gill, it could be 2-3-4.”
Like Shastri, former India keeper and chairman of selectors MSK Prasadwho picked the 2019 World Cup squad for India, also felt that Kishan needed to be given a chance at the position where he is most comfortable, even if it meant moving Rohit down the order.

“I think that’s the tough part right now,” Prasad said on the same Star Sports show about India’s top-order juggling act. “If you are looking at Gill opening with Rohit, where to send Ishan Kishan is a cause for concern. If you look at some of his roles at No. 4 or 5, I don’t think he has played his role. has been upheld.” Keep it there.

“The best thing is that he enjoys batting higher up the order. Somehow, we need to accommodate him at the top. Possibly a left-right combination of Rohit and Ishan Kishan could work.

“Because Rohit always enjoyed the wonderful company of Shikhar Dhawan (he said). 18th century standing together, If seen, after Dhawan, Rohit’s form has also become a cause of concern. The best place for Ishan Kishan to bat is the upper order.”
Shastri, who was the coach during the 2019 World Cup, said that Dhawan not playing in the latter half of that tournament was a big mistake. Dhawan broke his finger during his century against australia And Rishabh Pant was included in the team in his place. India opened with Rohit and KL Rahul for the remainder of that World Cup.
“People don’t give Dhawan the credit he deserves,” Shastri said. “The guy was an amazing player. You mention the World Cup, when we lost the semi-finals (For New Zealand at Old Trafford) After a brilliant World Cup, he was the missing man there. This made such a big difference.

“A left-handed batsman in the top order, as opposed to three right-handed batsmen, where the ball was swinging, and allowing teams to get a grip on where to bowl and bowl consistently, was missing And Rohit is a different player when he has a left-handed player at the other end. He is a completely different player.

“We have looked at the stats, stats don’t lie over time, so I think the left-right batting combination at the top will help. If you tinker with his (Kishan’s) batting position, if you put him He is 5-6, it sucks. He doesn’t know how to play. There is pressure on him to bat differently. He has scored a double century at the top of the order, he has got some runs, he scores runs quickly. The thing is, if Kishan is there for 30-40 balls, he will go, he will get you out on one ball.”

Former Indian batsman and chief selector Sandeep Patilone more selection day Guest, different. Patil, who chaired India’s selection panel from 2012-2016, believes making a change at this time, with the World Cup less than two months away, was inappropriate, especially considering the kind of year Gill has had. Has spent in all formats.

“I would go with Gill (at the top),” he said. “I am not sure whether I agree with Ravi and MSK where they say Rohit is comfortable if his partner is left-handed. . As they say, (I agree) Ishan can only bat at No. 1. So it’s a big decision to take.”

Shastri said here that Rohit will play a very important role in the entire process. “It’s a very good thing…Shubman has had a great 2023. That’s where the flexibility comes in. Rohit is very experienced as a captain. He can go to a 1-3-4. That’s where you have to look at the mentality.” Player’s.

“How would Gill feel if he was asked to bat at No. 3-4 instead of at the top of the order? If he feels he is best at the top – and the runs he has scored recently Are phenomenal – this is where flexibility comes into play and the captain will have to take a tough decision.”

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