Former India player RP Singh feels India should recall Ishan Kishan for the fourth T20I against the West Indies and ask him to bat him at No. 5. However, the fourth game of the five-match series will be played in Lauderhill, Florida, on Saturday, August 12. The Indian team are currently 1-2 down, and they will hope to level the series ahead of the final game to be played a day later at the same venue as well.
During a discussion on JioCinema, RP Singh said: “It doesn’t work out with just one chance. According to me, Ishan should play at No. 5 if you see him at No. 5 for the (ODI) World Cup. If KL Rahul is unavailable in the future, Ishan Kishan is his backup option. So he has to learn to play at No. 5. When Rohit Sharma comes, Rohit and Shubman Gill will open, although Gill’s performance has slightly saddened our hearts. But still if both of them open, where can Ishan Kishan get a place, it is down the order.”
Meanwhile, Sanju Samson might have to seat outside if India opt to bat Kishan at No. 5. The Veetran wicketkeeper-batter failed to step up in the first two T20Is and didn’t get to bat in the third game. Moreover. Yashasvi Jaiswal also couldn’t replicate his Test performances on his T20I debut. However, RP Singh wants India to give Yashasvi Jaiswal a few more chances at the top of the order as well.
“You cannot give a player just one match. According to me, you should give him at least three, four or five matches. You get to see the fearless approach in one match. If he scores runs, he continues with the same approach in the next match. If he doesn’t score runs, a batter falls slightly behind. However much you might say, when you are a part of the Indian team, there is an effect of your place, that you will remain a part of the team only if you perform. A player also has the hope that if you are playing him, you should give him a run of three or four matches, so that he can express himself with the bat,” RP Singh concluded.