Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India selectors have taken a huge risk in selecting senior batsman KL Rahul for the Asia Cup and World Cup teams despite having a long injury lay-off. Rahul is awfully out of match practice. Moreover, there is huge debate on Ishan Kishan vs KL Rahul in the playing XI for the mega events.

Majority of former cricketers have ruled in favour of left-hander Ishan. Former Team India opener Gautam Gambhir even went to the extent of calling it a ‘blunder’ if Rahul is preferred over Kishan in India’s XI.

“India will make a huge blunder if they don’t play Ishan Kishan ahead of KL Rahul,” said Gambhir during an interview.

Moreover, another former India opener Aakash Chopra feels that Ishan always delivers under pressure. As per Chopra, Ishan’s spot in the Indian side has never been secured. However, the southpaw has always scored runs whenever he has got an opportunity.

“Ishan Kishan doesn’t get many opportunities, but when he does, there is pressure on him. He has scored a double century, and even after that, we don’t see him getting many chances, which is a fact because he wasn’t included in the very next series after his double century. Where Ishan will bat in this team is a separate issue, dependent on various circumstances but he has understood the pulse of the ODI format,” said Chopra in his official YouTube Channel.