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Aakash Chopra doubts Ishan Kishan’s place in World Cup squad

Aakash Chopra doubts Ishan Kishan's place in WC 2023

Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra is skeptical that Ishan Kishan will be India’s backup opener and wicketkeeper-batter in the 2023 Cricket World Cup, which will be held from October 5 to November 19.

Kishan has been named as one of India’s 17-man team for the upcoming ODI series against the West Indies. Notably, he is projected to be one of India’s backup openers for the 50-over World Cup as well.

Kishan is a ‘obvious’ candidate for India’s ODI squad, according to Chopra. The former India opener is dubious whether the keeper-batter is a favourite to take over as backup opener.

Aakash Chopra comments on Ishan Kishan

“There is another left-hander. His name is Ishan Kishan. Prima facie, it seems like he is an obvious choice because you have to keep three openers – so Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, and Rohit Sharma. Ishan Kishan is a frontrunner logically, but is he a frontrunner?,”

Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

Kishan deserves a position in the squad, according to Aakash Chopra, who noted that the 25-year-old recorded an ODI double-century.

“Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will open and Ishan Kishan can be your backup opener. From a discussion point of view, it is absolutely right – he has scored an ODI double century, he pulls his weight into the side whenever given a chance, so his name should be there,”

the 45-year-old added.

Kishan has 510 runs at an excellent 42.50 average in 14 ODIs, including a double century, a century, and three fifties. In the 50-over format, his best score was a 210-run knock against Bangladesh in December 2022.

However, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) chose opener Shubman Gill ahead of him in India’s next One-Day International (ODI) match.

Notably, Gill’s double century against New Zealand cemented his place as India’s ODI opener. He has 1,311 runs in 24 ODIs at a phenomenal average of 64.55, with five half-centuries and four centuries.

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