Ishan Kishan Expresses Discontent Over T20I Squad Inclusion, Skips South Africa Test Series
By CricShots - Feb 8, 2024 3:34 pm
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Indian cricketer Ishan Kishan has reportedly expressed discontent over the selectors’ decision to include Jitesh Sharma in the T20I squad against South Africa, as per a recent report on RevSports. This revelation gained traction after the conclusion of the second Test in Vizag, where KS Bharat’s struggles with low scores raised questions about Kishan’s absence from both the Test series and domestic matches.

jitesh sharma
Jitesh Sharma

Despite being absent from five games for Jharkhand in the Ranji Trophy, Kishan’s dissatisfaction with Jitesh Sharma’s selection for the T20Is against South Africa surfaced. This discontent may have influenced his decision to opt out of the Test series in South Africa.

The opportunity for Kishan’s return arose when coach Rahul Dravid relieved KL Rahul of his wicketkeeping duties during the Tests against England. Dravid, addressing Kishan’s situation, emphasized the potential for a comeback.

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“There’s a path for everyone to return. We don’t exclude anyone from consideration. I simply don’t want to dwell on the matter of Ishan Kishan,” Rahul Dravid stated.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan 

Rahul Dravid further clarified that Kishan had requested a break, which the team was willing to grant. He stressed that there was no compulsion for Kishan to immediately resume playing domestic cricket upon his return.

“When he feels prepared, he should engage in cricket and make a comeback; the decision is entirely his. We aren’t pressuring him, and we stay connected with him. We’re aware of the situation, but he hasn’t resumed playing yet, correct?” he added.

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Meanwhile, KS Bharat has assumed wicketkeeping responsibilities in the Tests against England, and he is likely to continue in Rajkot as well. The situation surrounding Ishan Kishan’s absence and his reported discontent underscores the complexities and considerations involved in the Indian cricket team’s dynamics.