Legends speak on Ishan Kishan versus KL Rahul debate for ODI World Cup

Legends speak on Ishan Kishan versus KL Rahul debate for ODI World Cup
Ravi Shastri, Sandeep Patil and Ishan Kishan
Ravi Shastri, Sandeep Patil and Ishan Kishan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ishan Kishan, who replaced the injured KL Rahul in India’s XI in Asia Cup, has impressed one and all with his poerformance. Walking in at No. 5, a position he had never batted at in his brief ODI career, Kishan scored an impressive 82 off 81 balls against Pakistan. What set his knock apart was the maturity he displayed under pressure. 

Rather than succumbing to the early onslaught by Pakistani bowlers, Kishan played sensibly, which also influenced Hardik Pandya as the duo settled India’s ship after Pakistan bowlers had pushed Rohit Sharma and co. on the backfoot. Kishan and Pandya’s partnership of 138 runs revived India’s innings before rain intervened.

The debate over whether India should pick Rahul when he returns to the Asia Cup squad has gained momentum. The wicketkeeper-batter was ruled out of the first two games of the tournament but is set to return after recovering at the National Cricket Academy following his thigh injury.

Cricketing veterans like Gautam Gambhir and Mohammad Kaif joined in the debate, offering their opinions on Ishan and Rahul as the preferred wicketkeeper-batter for the World Cup playing XI. Former head coach, Ravi Shastri was also impressed by Kishan’s adaptability, as he batted at No. 5, contrary to his usual opening position. Shastri emphasized the need for flexibility in the batting order and suggested that both Ishan and Rahul could feature based on the opposition and match conditions.

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