The countdown has begun. We are merely months away from inargubaly the most celebrated T20 tournament, which will be held in India later this year in October. The International teams are assessing their resources in T20s by keeping the World Cup scenario in the cerebrum. Read more - Rashid Khan breaks this record of Shane Warne after 19 years
India had a bitter start with the first experiment in the inaugural match, but evidently a dream-like debut by Ishan Kishan in the following game excited the things altogether. Ishan Kishan's inclusion in the playing XI, alongside Suryakumar Yadav came off as a delightful revelation for the Indian Cricket Team fans. Kishan continued his explosive IPL form and started off with boundary on his very first ball. The 22-year-old smashed two consecutive sixes to bring up his maiden debut fifty off just 28 balls. Ishan's stalwart performance not only established a buzz among the cricket fans but also galvanized several former cricketers & experts.
A young keeper batsman from Jharkhand promoted up the batting order and proving his caliber. This has happened before.
Loved the fearlessness and attacking batting of Ishan Kishan. pic.twitter.com/874tXa0uoz
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 14, 2021
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) March 14, 2021
KL Rahul, on the other hand, has not been up to his best lately, scoring just 1 run in last three international matches, though his comprehensive International T20 stats are too good to be ignored. KL Rahul is certainly one of the most talented assests in the contempary Indian cricket team but his inconsistency in the last 10 matches has verily led to concern about his inclusion to the side.
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Contrastingly Ishan Kishan is comparatively inexperienced, however, his unflinching IPL performace last year where he scored 516 at an average of 57.33 and an explosive debut yesterday in Ahmedabad certainly fortified his chances in the playing XI ahead of T20 World Cup.
KL Rahul & Ishan Kishan in last 10 T20s (including IPL):
Ishan Kishan 414 runs (Avg – 59.14)
KL Rahul 227 runs (Avg – 22.70)
Who should get the nod in the 3rd #INDvENG T20I?
— Cricketbolo (@cricketbolo) March 15, 2021
Rohit Sharma is likely to return after resting for first two matches and will join either of explosive southpaw or KL Rahul. With just a handful of games before the T20 World Cup, it'll be quite interesting to see who will be preferred to join Rohit at the top at the grandest stage of T20Is. Ideally, the team would fancy a left-right combination, but KL Rahul is too good to be dropped.