Sanjay Manjrekar
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Former Indian cricketer and commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar has stated his preference for Ishan Kishan over Srikar Bharat for the World Test Championship (WTC) Finals in 2023.

Rohit Sharma and company will face Australia in the title decider at The Oval in London on Wednesday, June 7. With Rishabh Pant unavailable, cricket experts are divided about India’s wicketkeeper-batter for the crucial encounter.

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Since Rishabh Pant’s vehicle accident, which has rendered him unavailable for the time being, the Men in Blue have been beset with concerns about their wicketkeeping options. Bharat, Pant’s assistant, made his debut earlier this year during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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Ishan Kishan’s late call-up to the Indian team for the WTC final, due to KL Rahul’s injury, demonstrates his abilities as a left-handed hitter. Although he is yet to make his Test debut, he has shown promise in first-class cricket, averaging 38.76 after 48 matches.

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It should be noted that the move from domestic to international cricket can be difficult and necessitates a different level of talent and mental endurance. Kishan, on the other hand, has been a consistent performer in the IPL over the years, which bodes well for his chances in the next final. It will be intriguing to see how he performs under the intense pressure of a Test match.

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“I personally hope Ishan Kishan will play”- Sanjay Manjrekar

Former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar wants Ishan Kishan to replace KS Bharat in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia. Kishan, who had been nominated to the reserves, was called up after KL Rahul was ruled out of the IPL owing to a thigh injury.

“I know it’s a little out of the box, maybe it’s a little bit of a gamble. We see KS Bharat enough just because Rishabh Pant has been such a huge force in this Indian test team in the last 2-3 years because he was India’s best test batter by far away from India,” Sanjay Manjrekar said in a conversation with

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“We are missing Rishabh Pant, who was India’s best Test batter for the last two years by a mile. So if you want that Rishabh Pant kind of effect down the order to put pressure back on the opposition, maybe Ishan Kishan is the solution. personally hope Ishan Kishan will play,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.

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Ishan Kishan has yet to make his Test debut, and the Indian think-tank may be hesitant to take the risk of fielding him in such an important game.