The cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra believes that the young opening batsman Ishan Kishan has given an “extremely sweet” selection headache to Team India after his breathtaking performance against Bangladesh National Cricket Team in the 3rd ODI.
Kishan replaced the injured Rohit Sharma in the India XI against Bangladesh in the dead rubber ODI. He batted exceptionally well and smashed 210 runs off 131 balls, including 24 fours and 10 sixes, to become the fourth Indian batter after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma to register an ODI double century.
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In a video shared on his official YouTube channel on Sunday, Chopra said that Kishan’s knock has caused a selection headache and veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan could be in trouble after he failed in the Bangladesh series. He elaborated:
“He (Kishan) has given an extremely sweet headache. Shubman Gill should have been there in this series but was not there. Ishan Kishan got a chance here in place of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan does such a job that how will you move him? If you don’t move him, will Shikhar Dhawan be in trouble?
“Should Shikhar Dhawan be in trouble so soon? KL Rahul has himself started coming down the order. Rohit Sharma, he is the captain of the ship, will come back as an opener but who will be there with him? It’s a million-dollar question for which I don’t have an answer at the moment.”
The most beautiful part about his game was that he did not have any fear – Aakash Chopra on Ishan Kishan
The 45-year-old lavished praise on Kishan, saying that he is a fearless cricketer, who is not bothered about milestones. Chopra said:
“There is no doubt that the Player of the Match is Ishan Kishan. He comes from Bihar but has made Jharkhand his home and plays from there. 210 runs in double-quick time. The most beautiful part about his game was that he did not have any fear, he is absolutely fearless.
“There is no fear that he might get out when he is close to a milestone, whether it is 100, 150 or 200. He said that he has to maximize every ball and youth teaches you that. He does not think what is par for the course. The seasoned players tend to pace the innings.”