Mohammad Azharuddin names Rishabh Pant’s replacement for Australia series
By SMCS - Jan 18, 2023 12:33 pm
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Team India has recently announced the squad for the first two Tests against Australia, former captain Mohammad Azharuddin has backed a star batter to replace injured wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant in the Indian set-up. India’s all-format wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant, who met a horrific car crash on December 30, will miss several marquee tournaments and Azharuddin opined that Indian opener Ishan Kishan can replace him as well.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan

Opener Kishan and middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav have received Test call-ups following their stunning performances in the limited-overs format. While opener Kishan smashed a stunning double century in Bangladesh, Suryakumar notched up a century against Sri Lanka to seal his place in the Indian squad.

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“Ishan Kishan has been selected in the Indian Test team on his recent form I think he will be a stronger contender for wicket-keeper batsman option. He is a left-handed batsman,” Azhar told the news agency PTI in an interview. Showering huge praise on an in-form Suryakumar Yadav, former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin praised the star batter as India’s next top player across formats as well.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan played a flamboyant knock

Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batter Kishan, who was snubbed by the Indian think tank in the recently concluded Sri Lanka series, is back in the middle-order for the 1st One Day International (ODI) against New Zealand as well. Former vice-captain KL Rahul is unavailable due to personal reasons while Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out with a back injury in the build-up to the 1st ODI against the Black Caps as well.

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And, Ishan Kishan made his international debut against world champions England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in 2021. The 24-year-old has played 10 ODIs and 24 T20Is for Team India so far. Rohit Sharma-led Team India will meet New Zealand in the 1st ODI of the three-match series at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday as well.