Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan. (Image Credits: Twitter)

The young wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan has been named in the squad for the first two matches of the Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) against Australia, which begin on February 9. Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin believes Ishan Kishan would be the strongest contender to replace Rishabh Pant in the longer format.

The BCCI has selected two wicketkeepers KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan for the upcoming Test series. KS Bharat was an automatic selection in the absence of Rishabh Pant, who suffered multiple injuries on December 30 when his car hit a road divider on the Delhi-Dehradun Expressway, and he will be sidelined for most of the 2023 season.

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Ishan Kishan Pic Credit- BCCI
Ishan Kishan Pic Credit- BCCI

Ishan Has Been Selected On His Recent Form – Mohammad Azharuddin

Mohammad Azharuddin said that Ishan Kishan is a strong contender for the role of wicketkeeper-batsman with his aggressive batting style and his recent form.

Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin. Image-DNA

“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 in an interview.

However, it will not be easy for Ishan to get a chance in the Test playing XI ahead of KS Bharat, who has been traveling with the team for almost a year and has scored three half-centuries in the last four first-class matches, including a 77 against Bangladesh A.

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He Can Play In All Three Formats – Mohammad Azharuddin

Azhar stated that benching Ishan and Surya for the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka when they are in good form is not appropriate and that these two players have proven themselves to be included in the team. The Hyderabad batsman believes that Suryakumar Yadav can play in all three formats.

“When the player is in form, it’s not right to have them on the bench. Suryakumar Yadav has the potential to play for the Indian team in all three formats. He has also done well in his last Ranji match,” Azhar said.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)

“As much as I have seen Suryakumar’s batting, I can say that like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, he too can also play in all three formats. After a long time, India has got such a batsman who can play in all formats. It is very difficult to make a place in the team and both these players will have to prove themselves if they find a place in the team.”

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