Salman Butt
Salman Butt (Image Credit: Twitter

Salman Butt, a former captain of Pakistan, praised Ishan Kishan for hitting 210 runs off just 131 balls against Bangladesh in the third One-Day International on Saturday, December 10.

The southpaw has now broken the record for the quickest ODI double hundred and utilized the chance that was presented to him to the fullest.

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Ishan Kishan (PC-Getty Images)
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Salman Butt believes that the current form should always be taken into consideration when choosing an XI, and Ishan has most definitely checked that box. He believes that the selectors are unlikely to ignore this performance and that moving forward, they ought to offer the young player regular playing time.

Here is what Salman Butt had to say about Ishan Kishan’s performance in a video on his YouTube channel: “In certain exceptional circumstances, as Virat Kohli’s, you prefer to defend the player despite bad form because of the pressure they put on the opponent simply by being present.” 

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Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan. (Image Credits: Twitter)

“However, the other players around them should be selected based on current form and that’s why Ishan Kishan deserves a long rope. It’s a fantastic performance and you shouldn’t overlook it.”

“Ishan Kishan played with the exact aggression”: Salman Butt

Salman Butt remarked that India’s batting has been lacking for a considerable amount of time in terms of the kind of gutsy approach Ishan demonstrated. He explained how the conservative batting of the Men in Blue, particularly by the openers, cost them dearly in the previous two T20 World Cups.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan (Image Credits: Twitter)

“Ishan Kishan showed the aggression and deadly instinct that India desired to display in their ultra-attacking attitude. Their openers were extremely conservative in the previous two World Cups, putting additional strain on the remaining batting lineup. They have a large pool of talent, but they must also get it right in terms of who fits where,” Salman Butt said.

It will be fascinating to see if India continues to favour Shubman Gill over Ishan in ODI cricket in the wake of this outstanding knock.

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