Ishan Kishan had a good run in the Tests and ODIs against the West Indies, scoring a fifty in each match. However, he has struggled in the T20Is, managing scores of 6 and 27 in the first two matches. His opening partner Shubman Gill has also not been in good form, and the two have failed to provide good starts for India.
Kishan’s last fifty in T20Is came against South Africa in June 2022. He has played 16 T20Is since then, scoring 233 runs with a highest score of 37.
Former India opener Wasim Jaffer feels that Kishan should be given a break in the third T20I so that he can come back refreshed. He said, “We know that Ishan Kishan has struggled in the T20 internationals, so give him a break. He might come back stronger when he plays next.”
Jaffer also suggested that India could try Yashasvi Jaiswal in place of Kishan. Jaiswal made a brilliant Test debut last month, scoring a hundred and a fifty. He has also been in good form in T20 cricket, scoring 625 runs for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
“I would pick Yashasvi Jaiswal without a doubt just because he brings that fearlessness. He plays spin well and his batting against fast bowling is exemplary. He’s right at the peak of his game, high on confidence, so why not throw him in the mix and see what you get? He’s got runs in Tests and he’s looking for an opportunity,” Jaffer said.
It remains to be seen whether India will heed Jaffer’s advice and give Kishan a break in the third T20I. However, it is clear that the youngster is struggling in the shortest format of the game and needs to find a way to get back to form.