Mohammad Azharuddin
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Former player Mohammad Azharuddin has endorsed Ishan Kishan to take Rishabh Pant’s spot in the Indian lineup after the team for the first two Test matches against Australia was recently announced. Pant, an all-format wicketkeeper-batter for India who was injured in a horrible vehicle accident on December 30, is expected to miss numerous major competitions during the current 2023 season.

Due to injuries sustained in a recent car accident, the Delhi Capitals (DC) captain will miss the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is also ineligible to play in the ICC World Cup. Ishan Kishan, the Indian wicket-keeper batter, is a great candidate for the position, according to former Indian captain Azharuddin.

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Rishabh Pant (PC-Getty Images)
Rishabh Pant (PC-Getty Images)

Mohammad Azharuddin Feels Ishan Kishan’s Recent Form Makes Him A Suitable Candidate To Replace Rishabh Pant

Following their fantastic work in the limited-overs format, opener Ishan Kishan and middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav were called up for the Test match. The top-ranked T20I hitter Suryakumar produced a match-winning century versus Sri Lanka to solidify his position in the Indian team, while opener Kishan smashed a sensational double century in Bangladesh.

Ishan Kishan (PC-Getty Images)
Ishan Kishan (PC-Getty Images)

“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 said to the PTI news agency. Former Indian captain Azharuddin praised Suryakumar profusely and lauded the outstanding batter as India’s future top performer across all forms.

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In the first One Day International (ODI) against New Zealand, wicketkeeper-batter Kishan—who was passed over by the Indian think tank during the just-finished Sri Lanka series—is positioned in the middle order. Shreyas Iyer sustained a back injury in the lead-up to the first ODI against the Black Caps, while former vice-captain KL Rahul is unable to play owing to personal obligations.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan (PC-Getty Images)

Wicketkeeper Kishan made his international debut in 2021 at the Narendra Modi Stadium against the reigning world champions, England. The 24-year-old has represented the Asian powerhouse in 24 T20 matches and 10 ODIs. The first of a three-match series between India and New Zealand will take place on Wednesday at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

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