Ishaan Kishan gets less opportunities, but pressure is always on him: Aakash Chopra


New Delhi: Former India opener Aakash Chopra has said why wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan deserved selection in the 15-man squad for the World Cup. He said that the left-handed batsman has never got many opportunities and when he does, there is pressure on him. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant were out of the team this year due to injuries. Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan has got a place in India’s squad for the World Cup to be held from October 5 to November 19 on the basis of better performance and playing in all three formats for the team.

After scoring a brilliant double century (210 runs) against Bangladesh in Chittagong last year, Kishan cemented his place at number five with 82 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup league match at Pallekele, Sri Lanka. It will be interesting to see who among Ishan Kishan and now fit Rahul will become Team India’s first choice for the World Cup. Akash Chopra said that ‘Ishaan Kishan does not get many opportunities, but when he does, there is pressure on him. He has scored a double century and even after that we do not see him getting many chances, this is true because after the double century he was not included in the next series itself. Where Ishan bats in this team is a different issue, depending on different circumstances. But, he has understood the pulse of the ODI format.

After the Asia Cup gets over on September 17, India will play three ODIs at home against Australia from September 22-27. After this, the team will play practice matches against England and Netherlands on 30 September and 3 October. India, the 1983 and 2011 champions, will begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on October 8 in Chennai. Chopra further explained how the Indian team will shape their mindset once they get into World Cup mode.

He said, ‘Somewhere in the tournament, an atmosphere is created where you start taking care of each other and believe that we will do this, we will win. It builds quietly, I mean, nobody has some magic wand to make it happen, but it happens. So I think when the Indian team starts playing in the World Cup, that atmosphere will be created.

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