Where? Ishan Kishan If fits into India’s ODI puzzle KL Rahul Is not ready on time for the Asia Cup? This will be one of the big decisions the team management and selectors will face when the team management and selectors pick India’s Asia Cup squad later this week.

Kishan has so far scored 425 of his 694 ODI runs at the top of the order. These have come with best performances in six innings at an average of around 80 and a strike rate of 125. 210 against Bangladesh At the end of last year.

So the numbers clearly suggest that Kishan is best suited at the top, but it’s right there Rohit Sharma bats together Shubman GillWhose ODI numbers for 2023 There are also particularly compelling ones: 750 runs in 12 innings, including three centuries and two half-centuries.

Then is there any solution? Where does Kishan bat?

Former India all-rounder and coach, “At the top of the order, nowhere else.” Ravi Shastri Said on the show of Star Sports selection day, “The rest have to be flexible. Between Rohit, Virat and Gill, it could be 2-3-4.”

Like Shastri, former India keeper and chairman of selectors MSK PrasadWho picked the 2019 World Cup squad for India, also felt that Kishan needs to be given a chance at the position where he is most comfortable, even if it means moving Rohit down the order.

“I think it’s the tough part right now,” Prasad said of India’s top-order juggling act. “If you are looking at Gill opening with Rohit, then where to send Ishan Kishan is a cause for concern. If you look at some of his roles at No.4 or 5, I don’t think he has played his part. has been justified.” Keep it there.

“The best thing is that he enjoys batting up the order. Somehow, we need to accommodate him in the top order. Probably a left-right combination of Rohit and Ishan Kishan could come in handy.

“Because Rohit always enjoyed the wonderful company of Shikhar Dhawan (he said). 18th century stands together, If seen, after Dhawan, Rohit’s form also remains a cause of concern. The best place for Ishan Kishan to bat is at the top of the order.”

Shastri, who was the coach during the 2019 World Cup, said that Dhawan not playing in the latter half of that tournament was a big blunder. Dhawan broke his finger during his century against australia And in his place, Rishabh Pant was included in the team. India opened with Rohit and KL Rahul for the remainder of that World Cup.

“People don’t give Dhawan the credit he deserves,” Shastri said. “The man was an amazing player. You mentioned the World Cup, when we lost the semi-finals.” [to New Zealand at Old Trafford] After a spectacular World Cup, he was the missing man out there. It made such a big difference.

“A left-handed batsman in the top order as opposed to three right-handed batsmen, where the ball was swinging, and allowing teams to get a grip on where to bowl and bowl consistently, was missing And Rohit is a different player when he has a left-hander at the other end. He is a completely different player.

“We’ve seen the stats, the stats don’t lie over time, so I think the left-right batting combination at the top will help. If you tinker with that [Kishan’s] Batting position, if you keep him at 5-6, it sucks. He doesn’t know how to play. There is pressure on him to bat differently. He’s got a double hundred at the top of the order, he’s got some runs, he’s got runs at a quick pace. The thing with Kishan is that if he is there for 30-40 balls, he will go, he will take you to a flyer.”

Former India batsman and chief selector Sandeep Patil Patil, who headed India’s selection panel from 2012-2016, believes that making changes at this juncture, with the World Cup less than two months away, was inappropriate, especially considering the kind of year he has had. Gill has spent across all formats.

“I’ll go with Gil [at the top]He said, “I am not sure whether I agree with Ravi and MSK where they say that Rohit is comfortable if his partner is left-handed. as they say, [I agree] The only position Ishaan can bat is No.1. So it’s a big decision.”

Shastri right here said that Rohit will play a very important role in the whole process. “It’s a great thing…Shubman has had a fantastic 2023. That’s where flexibility comes in. Rohit is very experienced as a captain. He can go 1-3-4. That’s where you have to look at the mindset. Player’s

“How would he feel if Gill was asked to bat at No.3-4 instead of at the top? If he feels he is best at the top – and the runs he has scored recently Phenomenal – that’s where flexibility comes into play and the captain has to make a tough call.”

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