Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The high drama surrounding Team India wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan not playing in domestic cricket has come to an end. The aggressive cricketer has finally returned to competitive cricket by playing in DY Patil tournament.

Kishan was seen playing for RBI in their match against Route Mobile Limited at the DY Patil University Grounds in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday.

Ishan was found wicket-keeping for RBI, who were asked to field first in the game. The aggressive player is part of the team alongside the likes of Shahbaz Nadeem, Amit Mishra, Ankit Rajpoot, Dhruv Shorey and Riyan Parag. All the cricketers seem to be preparing for the IPL 2024.

Notably, Ishan has been out of action for more than three months. He last played in the T20I series against Australia after ICC World Cup 2023. He was part of the Indian team for the South Africa T20Is. However, he didn’t get to play as the team preferred Jitesh Sharma.

Ishan was also part of the Test series against South Africa but he opted out of the series, citing personal reasons. The keeper-batter since then has been out of action and there has been no clarity about his future with the Indian team in all the formats.

Ishan was asked by the Indian team management and head coach Rahul Dravid to play some competitive cricket before returning to the team. However, the keeper-batter didn’t pay heed to the advice and didn’t play in the Ranji Trophy for his state team. But, he was seen preparing for IPL with the Pandya brothers.

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Recently, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had given a stern warning to all the contracted and India A cricketers that not participating in the ongoing Ranji Trophy will be tolerated. However, despite that Ishan didn’t play for Jharkhand and the governing body reportedly is unhappy with him.