Ever since India’s premier wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant was forced out of Cricket after a horrific car accident late in 2022, India has been looking for a stable wicket-keeping option in the Test format. Srikar Bharat has taken that slot after Rishabh Pant but hasn’t managed to impress the fans and the critics with his batting.
Although his wicketkeeping is up to the mark, his batting hasn’t looked suitable to the international format as he hasn’t scored a fifty in the 7 matches he has played so far. Ishan Kishan was the other alternative that the Indian team was looking at as a replacement for Rishabh Pant as he is also a left-handed batter and has an aggressive playing style similar to Pant.
But Ishan Kishan has been noticeably absent from the cricketing scene lately. Kishan's absence from cricketing action stems from personal reasons, which led to his decision to opt out of the Test series against South Africa.
Despite being a part of the Indian squad, he found himself unable to commit due to undisclosed personal matters. Additionally, his lack of recent game time has raised concerns regarding his form and readiness for international cricket.
Ishan Kishan's last appearance for India dates back to the T20I series against Australia, immediately following the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. Since then, he has refrained from participating in any cricket matches.
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However, recent sightings have placed him training alongside the Pandya brothers at the Kiran More Academy in Baroda. This indicates his inclination towards staying connected with the sport.
While Kishan has been actively training at the academy, there's ambiguity surrounding his plans regarding competitive cricket.
Despite encouragement from head coach Rahul Dravid to engage in cricketing activities to enhance his chances of selection, Kishan seems hesitant to commit fully.
His reluctance to participate in upcoming domestic fixtures, such as Jharkhand's Ranji game against Haryana, further raises questions over the young southpaw's commitment towards test cricket.