India’s young talent Ishan Kishan was in fine touch during the warm-up game against England on Monday. He scored a flamboyant fifty and has put a case for himself to be included in the playing XI when the T20 World Cup 2021 begins.
Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman feels the recent form of Ishan Kishan has made it hard for the team management to ignore him in the playing XI for the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman.
“I think Rohit Sharma will get a chance and I don’t know how they are going to fit in Ishan Kishan. The kind of form he is showing, he is forcing the team management to accommodate him in the Playing XI. Also, I think Suryakumar Yadav coming in at No. 5 was a little surprising, because I thought Hardik Pandya could have been given a bit more time to spend in the middle,” the former India batter said.
In the warm-up game against England, India left Rohit Sharm out while Ravindra Jadeja and Varun Chakaravarthy didn’t get a game. However, VVS Laxman feels they should get a game against Australia during the second warm-up game.
“Against Australia, probably just rotate the batsman who did not get an opportunity today and given everyone game time because that is what warm-up games are all about,” Laxman said on Star Sports at the end of India’s warm-up game win against England in Dubai on Monday.
“You want all the batsmen to have a good hit and probably we can see Varun Chakravarthy get a game too. We did not see him today, did not see Ravindra Jadeja either. So probably those two bowlers will get a go on the next game against Australia.”
Mohammed Shami (3/40) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/26) bowled good spells with the ball as England scored 188/5 in 20 overs. In reply, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan took India off to a flying start and scored 82 runs for the opening wicket before Rahul got out for 24-ball 51 runs.
Kishan scored a flamboyant unbeaten 70 runs in 46 balls before retiring to give other players some game time. Rishabh Pant played aggressive shots and took India over the line with seven wickets in hand and one over to spare.