Updated February 14th, 2024 at 19:56 IST

'No one knows what's happening': Curious case of Ishan Kishan has even Parthiv Patel perplexed

Ishan Kishan has an average of 78 in the two Tests he has played. On the other hand, KS Bharat is yet to score a half-century in the seven Tests for India.

Ishan Kishan | Image:X/IshanKishan
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Team India is trying to find their best wicketkeeping option in the absence of Rishabh Pant. KS Bharat has got the nod so far due to his wicketkeeping skills but he hasn't impressed the detractors with his batting prowess. India are likely to play Dhruv Jurel in the India vs England 3rd Test in Rajkot. One of the keepers who might have got a chance in this situation would have been Ishan Kishan. 

The 25-year-old is one of the most talented batters in the country and has constantly proven himself to be an able player in the limited-overs format. Kishan has an average of 78 in the two Tests he has played so far but Bharat has received the nod from the team management till now. On the other hand, Bharat is yet to score a half-century in the seven Tests he has played so far.

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Where is Ishan Kishan?

Kishan has been missing from action since the start of the year due to travel fatigue. And his case has become a hot topic in the Indian cricketing circles. Former India keeper Parthiv Patel was asked about the curious case of Ishan Kishan and this is what he said:-

"It's entirely up to a player. No one knows what's happening sitting here. I would rather stay away from speculating anything on personal matters. It's entirely their (BCCI and Kishan's) call," Parthiv said. 

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Patel understands the need for Bharat to make a statement with the willow but the former India wicketkeeper wouldn't mind giving the Andhra glovesman one more match taking his impeccable glovework into account during the first two Tests against England.

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Parthiv, who played 25 Tests for India, acknowledged that there is a bit of instability in the Indian Test set-up as far as wicket-keeping is concerned.

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"Bharat has definitely kept brilliantly in this series so far and in the Australia series as well," JioCinema exerpt Patel said in a virtual interaction.

"As far as runs are concerned, yes you want runs from him. There is no doubt over it,' said the 38-year-old reminding that it is no longer a uni-dimensional assignment. " "You are expected to score runs and that is something which hasn't come in big numbers." Parthiv however asserted that Bharat and Jurel are the best options that they have at the moment.

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"It's very difficult what you're looking at. You want runs from him without a doubt. It's up to team management. Yes there is instability at this point of time, you cannot deny that. But you got to take chances with whoever you have." "I think they are the two best possible wicketkeepers for india to play test at this point of time." But Parthiv indicated that he has it in him to score runs, pointing out his 41 and 28 under tough circumstances in the opening Test in Hyderabad.

Chasing 231 in Hyderabad, India were all out for 202 in the second essay with Bharat and Ravichandran Ashwin proving a glimmer of a hope in their fifty-plus run eighth wicket alliance.

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"But if you look at his 41 in Hyderabad Test match in first innings, and in the second innings when everyone got out, he scored along with Ashwin just gave us a glimpse of hope.

"In Vizag, he (Bharat) failed without a doubt. So it's a very tricky one whether India stick to Bharat for one more Test or just try out a youngster (Jurel) who's done well at domestic level..."  The team batting lineup is thin on experience without the likes of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli but Parthiv feels it would give youngsters a chance to prove their mettle at the biggest stage.

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"When you have so many youngsters, you get a different kind of energy. Players should take this positively and competition will grow." On the team combination, Parthiv reckoned that Sarfaraz Khan will get the nod ahead of Devdutt Padikkal for the vacant Shreyas Iyer's position.

"I think it's a bit difficult for Padikkal. Sarfaraz is still sitting out. I think Sarfaraz may get a look in before him." India versus England Test series is beamed live on JioCinema and Sports18 – 1 SD & HD. 

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(with PTI inputs)

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Published February 14th, 2024 at 19:56 IST