Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir Urges Indian Team to Prioritize Ishan Kishan Over KL Rahul

September 12, 2023 9:33 pm

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has voiced his support for Ishan Kishan, advocating for the Indian team management to back the young batter in the upcoming high-stakes Asia Cup Super 4s clash. Kishan’s impressive performance in the ODI format, featuring four consecutive half-centuries, has caught Gambhir’s attention, making him the ideal choice for the team.

Gambhir’s viewpoint puts him at odds with the expectation that KL Rahul, the first-choice stumper-batter for the national team, will make his comeback after a lengthy injury hiatus. While Rahul’s experience is undeniable, Gambhir remains steadfast in his belief that Kishan is the current frontrunner and sidelining him could be a costly mistake. Follow your favourite cricket team with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.

“India will make a huge blunder if they don’t play Ishan Kishan ahead of KL Rahul. The point is, when you’re gearing up to win the World Cup, you don’t see the name, you judge by their form. You choose the player who can perform and win you the World Cup. I feel Ishan Kishan has done everything he needs to do to be a frontrunner,” emphasized Gambhir during a conversation with Star Sports.

Gambhir firmly contends that the selection process should be based on current form rather than reputation or experience. Kishan’s consistent and impressive performances, particularly under pressure, should not be overlooked. He drew a parallel by highlighting that established stars like Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli would not be benched for Rahul, and the same should apply to a promising talent like Kishan.

“Just because he is Ishan Kishan and hasn’t played a lot of international cricket, you’re saying that KL Rahul should play before him. But if Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma were in place of Ishan Kishan, would KL Rahul be able to replace them? The answer is ‘no’,” asserted Gambhir.

As the Indian team management faces this crucial decision, Gambhir’s call to prioritize form over reputation in the selection process has added an intriguing dimension to the upcoming Asia Cup Super 4s clash. The cricketing world will be watching closely to see if Kishan gets the nod ahead of Rahul in this high-stakes encounter. Get free cricket updates only on Nextbet Sports.