In the ODI series, India’s victory over the West Indies saw Ishan Kishan emerge as a standout performer, scoring three fifties. However, despite his impressive performances, the team management has not given Kishan enough opportunities. It is now speculated that he might be dropped from the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2023, as Rohit Sharma is set to return to open the innings alongside Shubman Gill.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has criticized the treatment given to Ishan Kishan by the Indian think-tank. Butt expressed confusion over India’s handling of Kishan, particularly after he scored 200 runs in the series. He believes management should acknowledge Kishan as the second option, even if he performs exceptionally well. This constant perception of being a secondary choice may impact Kishan’s confidence and hinder his growth as a player.
“India’s experiment with Ishan was confusing. He was dropped after scoring 200. The Indian management should accept that he is the second option. Even if he scores 1000 runs in a single innings he will remain a second option. That never gives you the feeling of being the best. That gives you the feeling that you will be rewarded for your performance. The feeling is no matter what you do; you will be the second option,” Butt said.
Butt further highlighted that being regarded as a second option can create a sense of uncertainty and insecurity for a player, even if they deliver exceptional performances. This feeling of being overlooked by a more established player can affect their mental state and prevent them from fully expressing their potential on the field.
The treatment of young players like Ishan Kishan is a crucial aspect of nurturing talent and building a strong and competitive cricket team. Providing consistent opportunities and instilling confidence in players can foster a positive and productive environment for their growth and development.
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As the Indian cricket team prepares for the Asia Cup 2023, it remains to be seen how they will address the selection problem and support the talented youngsters in the squad. The team management’s approach towards nurturing young talent and creating a healthy and competitive team dynamic will significantly shape India’s future performances on the international stage.