IND vs AUS: “Ishan Kishan Reminds Me Of Arun Lal”- Sanjay Manjrekar’s Unusual Take On India’s Southpaw

Ishan Kishan dismissal
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Indian opener Ishan Kishan was dismissed for just five of 10 balls in the first ODI against Australia. Though India won the game comfortably, the southpaw could not make the most of his opportunity in the absence of skipper Rohit Sharma.

Rohit Sharma was not a part of the Indian XI in the first ODI against Australia due to family commitments. This provided Ishan Kishan an opportunity to open the innings, However, he was dismissed as early as the second over of the Indian innings scoring just five.

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He is most likely to be benched in the next game as Rohit Sharma will return to the XI for the final two ODIs. Shubman Gill having cemented his place as India’s second opener due to his recent good run will mean that the southpaw cannot replace the right-hander in the XI any sooner.

Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has given his unusual take on Ishan Kishan. He scored his maiden ODI double ton in the series against Bangladesh in December 2022 but has not performed consistently since then.

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Manjrekar said that Kishan’s situation in the current Indian ODI team is much like how Arun Lal was back in his playing days. Speaking to Star Sports, Manjrekar recalled how Lal also received chances majorly in the absence of Sunil Gavaskar.

“Both are openers with double hundreds, and one of them will be dropped and will be replaced by another double centurion (Rohit Sharma). Ishan Kishan reminds me of Arun Lal, because in those days, whenever Sunil Gavaskar couldn’t open the Indian innings for any reason, Arun Lal would’ve been sent as an opener and he would fight it out there. Then, in the next match, Gavaskar would come and he would take his spot,” Manjrekar said during the mid-innings show in the 1st ODI.

Arun Lal played 16 Tests and 13 ODIs for India between 1982-1989 but had an illustrious career for Bengal and Delhi scoring 10,421 runs in 156 First-Class matches. Speaking about Ishan Kishan, the southpaw has played 14 ODIs scoring 510 runs averaging 42.5 including a hundred and a double ton.

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