Sunil Gavaskar Picks His Choice For Number Five For Team India In ODI World Cup

Former Indian legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar has said that Ishan Kishan is contributing very good with the bat in the middle-order for the team and he could be an ideal choice at number five for team India.

In the match against Pakistan in Pallekele, the young cricketer was assigned the batting position of No. 5 due to KL Rahul absence from the team. While Ishan is typically an opening batsman, he embraced the challenge and delivered an impressive performance by scoring 82 runs.

While speaking with India Today, Sunil Gavaskar said,”Definitely (sealed his spot in middle-order), also gives you a left-handed option in the middle. India don’t have a left-hander at the top 4 and then Hardik Pandya. Ishan Kishan at No. 5 makes a lot of sense.”

He further added,”This is the beauty of being an opening batter. An opening bat can also slot himself down in the middle-order. Ishan Kishan has shown, particularly with the way he kept his composure, the way he handled against Pakistan and got those 80-odd runs shows that he is not somebody who likes to go out and play his shots but he is somebody who applies his mind, reads the situation and plays accordingly.”

When team India was in problem during the first match against Pakistan, Ishan Kishan played a remarkable inning of 82 runs. Gavaskar praised Kishan for his outstanding partnership with Hardik Pandya and showing a temperament.

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Gavaskar stated,”He showed admirable patience against the Pakistanis at the start, he made sure the danger was seen away. He hung around with Hardik Pandya and then started to play his shots. That is really a very, very encouraging sign because for somebody as young as him, to show the temperament he showed in that particular game means that he has a bright future ahead of him.”

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