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“I’m Amazed” Gautam Gambhir Praises Ishan Kishan Over His Double Century

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir praises Ishan Kishan and suggests him to open the inning alongside Rohit Sharma in the ODI format in the upcoming matches.

Gautam Gambhir Praises Ishan Kishan

The idea of making him the opening batter comes after his aggressive performance against Bangladesh in the 3rd ODI in Chattogram. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul led the Indian team where Ishan Kishan opened the inning alongside Dhawan and scored a “record-breaking” double hundred.

Following the downfall of Dhawan, Kishan comes as the perfect left-handed batter to open with Rohit Sharma in the ODI format. The wicketkeeper-batter converted his maiden ODI ton into a double hundred in just 126 balls, the fastest in ODI history.

“I’m amazed we’re discussing this because someone’s got a double-hundred in the previous innings. The discussion is over. It has to be Ishan Kishan.

Someone who can get a double-hundred in those conditions against a reasonable attack, especially at home, should play,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Gambhir as saying when asked who he would like to see as Rohit’s opening partner.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan

Kishan received a call-up for India’s three-match ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka starting from January 3 to January 15.

“He got what 200 by the 35th over mark? You can’t look at anyone beyond Ishan Kishan. He has to be given a longer run. He can also keep wickets as well, so he can do two jobs for you.

So for me, that discussion shouldn’t be there. If someone else had got a double hundred, I think we would’ve gone gung-ho over that individual, but it’s not the case with Ishan Kishan. Because we still continue to talk about other players. For me, that debate is over,” Gambhir further added.

Despite Suryakumar Yadav‘s batting in the 50-over format not being as remarkable as his T20 performances, Gambhir thinks he may still be a valuable asset at No. 4. Suryakumar has scored 384 runs in 16 ODIs, with just two half-centuries.

Suryakumar Yadav KL Rahul
Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul in 1st T20I vs South Africa(Image:BCCI)

“It’s very difficult to look beyond Rohit and Ishan Kishan to open the batting, Virat at three, Surya at four, [and] Shreyas at five, because he’s been incredible in the last one-and-a-half years.

Yes, he’s had issues against the short ball, but he’s been able to manage it. You can’t be the best against everything but if you’re able to manage it and got the numbers going for you, you can’t look beyond Shreyas at No. 5 and Hardik [Pandya] at 6,” Gambhir said of his ideal India XI.

India’s squad for Sri Lanka T20Is

Hardik Pandya (Captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar.

India’s squad for Sri Lanka ODIs

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (VC), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh.

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