Aakash Chopra highlights pressure on Ishan Kishan due to limited opportunities
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra supports Ishan Kishan’s selection in the 15-member Men’s ODI World Cup squad, emphasizing the challenges he faces with limited chances and high expectations. Kishan’s versatility and recent performances have earned him this opportunity.
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has voiced his support for Ishan Kishan’s inclusion in the 15-member squad for the upcoming Men’s ODI World Cup. Chopra explained that Kishan’s selection is well-deserved due to the limited opportunities he has received and the pressure he faces when he does get a chance to play.
Ishan Kishan has secured his spot in India’s ODI World Cup squad, scheduled from October 5 to November 19, based on his improved performances and his presence in all three formats for the national side this year. This opportunity comes with the absence of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, who are sidelined due to injuries.
Kishan showcased his versatility as a cricketer by scoring an impressive 210 runs against Bangladesh in Chattogram last year. He further demonstrated his abilities by playing sensibly, scoring 82 runs at number five against Pakistan in an Asia Cup league match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka. The competition for the role of India’s first-choice wicketkeeper in the World Cup is anticipated, with Kishan and the now-fit KL Rahul being contenders.
Aakash Chopra expressed his views on Ishan Kishan’s situation, stating, “Ishan Kishan doesn’t get many opportunities, but when he does, there’s 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.”
Following the conclusion of the Asia Cup on September 17, India is set to play three ODIs at home against Australia from September 22 to 27. They will also engage in warm-up matches against England and the Netherlands on September 30 and October 3, respectively.
India, as the champions of 1983 and 2011, will commence its Men’s ODI World Cup campaign against Australia on October 8 in Chennai. Aakash Chopra elaborated on how the Indian team’s mindset will evolve as they prepare for the World Cup, emphasizing the creation of a positive atmosphere and growing confidence within the team during the tournament.