IND vs SL: “He will be a strong contender for the Wicket-Keeper Batsman option” – Mohammad Azharuddin on Ishan Kishan

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Young wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan has been named in the squad for the first two games of the Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) against Australia, which start on February 9. Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin believes Ishan Kishan would be the strongest contender to replace Rishabh Pant in the longer format.

The BCCI has selected two wicket-keepers KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan for the upcoming Test series. KS Bharat was an automatic selection in the absence of Rishabh Pant, who suffered multiple injuries on December 30 when his car hit a roadblock on the Delhi-Dehradun Expressway, and will be sidelined for most of the 2023 season.

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Ishan has been selected based on his recent form – Mohammad Azharuddin

Mohammad Azharuddin said Ishan Kishan is a strong contender for the wicket-keeper batsman role with his aggressive batting style and his recent form.

Mohammed Azharuddin
Mohammed Azharuddin. Image TBEN

“Ishan Kishan has been selected in the Indian Test team due to his recent form. I think he will be a stronger contender for the wicket-keeper-batsman option. He’s a left-handed batsman,” Azhar said in an interview.

However, it will not be easy for Ishan to get a chance in the Test playing XI for KS Bharat, who has been traveling with the team for almost a year and has scored three half-centuries in the last four first-class matches. including a 77 against Bangladesh A.

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He can play in all three formats – Mohammad Azharuddin

Azhar stated that it is not appropriate to bench Ishan and Surya for the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka when they are in good form and that these two players have proven themselves in the team. The Hyderabad batsman believes Suryakumar Yadav can play in all three formats.

“If a player is in form, it’s not good to have him on the bench. Suryakumar Yadav has the potential to play in all three formats for the Indian team. He also did well in his last Ranji match . Azhar said.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image: Twitter)

“Although I have also seen Suryakumar’s batting, I can say that like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, he can also play in all three formats. India after a long time has such a batsman who can play in all formats. It is very difficult to get a place in the team and both players will have to prove themselves if they find a place in the team.”

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