Former Pakistan player Danish Kaneria added that Team India should go ahead with Ishan Kishan over Shreyas Iyer as their No. 4 batter in the first half of the upcoming World Cup 2023 as well. He also claimed that Kishan, being a left-handed batter, is more suitable for the middle order as well.
Kaneria said in his latest YouTube video: “It remains to be seen who will be their No. 4. There could be a toss-up between Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan. I feel India should go with Ishan Kishan. He is a left-handed batter, and spinners are likely to be on when he walks out to bat. He can be a better choice, especially in the first half.”
Meanwhile, both Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer have played good knocks on the road to the World Cup 2023. Kishan earned praises for his 82-run knock against Pakistan in the group stage of the Asia Cup 2023 whereas Shreyas smashed a wonderful century against Australia, scoring 105 runs in the second ODI as well. He also suggested that Pakistan would have looked a lot stronger had spinners Imad Wasim and Abrar Ahmed found a place in the 15-member squad as well.
“Pakistan need to work on their bowling. Their bowling got exposed in the warm-up match. They need to be effective in these conditions. Pakistan missed the trick by not including Abrar Ahmed in the squad. Mohammad Nawaz conceded 55 runs in seven overs. I would have liked to see Imad Wasim here. Unfortunately, Pakistan’s team combination isn’t very good, which would have been better if Abrar and Imad were added,” he again shared.
Meanwhile, Danish Kaneria has slammed former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja for travelling to India as one of the commentators for the upcoming ODI World Cup as well. He said how Ramiz, during his tenure as the PCB chief, had made it clear that the Pakistan team wouldn’t visit India for the ICC event if India didn’t travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2023 as well. He also opined on the welcoming gesture the Pakistani team received in India.
He added, “Ramiz Raja said Pakistan won’t travel to India for the World Cup, but he himself is doing commentary in India for money. He had made some bold claims. I believe when you make such statements, you should stick to your words. It is a matter of self-respect. If he had said that Pakistan wouldn’t go to India, he should have rejected the offer to do commentary. I didn’t like this U-turn.”
“Pakistan received a very warm welcome in India. This is our Hindu culture, and we believe in Atithi Devo Bhava. Whenever someone comes to our land, we always welcome them with open arms. We saw how fans were chanting for the likes of Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi. It was a very wonderful gesture,” he concluded.