Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja questioned the rationale behind Ishan Kishan’s rest for the final two Australia T20Is, highlighting Kishan’s limited play in the ODI World Cup.

Speaking on Sports Tak, Ajay Jadeja raised concerns about the decision to rest Ishan Kishan after the initial three T20Is against Australia, despite his limited participation in the ODI World Cup. In Kishan’s absence for the final two T20Is, Jitesh Sharma showcased a commendable performance, scoring 35 and 24 runs in the fourth and fifth matches, respectively.

Jadeja questioned Kishan’s early departure, emphasizing that Kishan only played three matches in the World Cup, questioning if such limited play justified the rest.

“There was a series right after the World Cup. Ishan Kishan played three matches and went home. Was he really that tired after three matches that he needed rest? He didn’t even play a lot of games at the World Cup. He deserved his spot in the playing XI for the first few World Cup matches. How many Indian players have scored a double century on a good day?” Jadeja said.

“Ishan Kishan didn’t even play the entire five-match T20I series against Australia. He was sent home after three matches to rest. So, if this is going to continue, how will you ensure that he is fully ready?” he added.

Jadeja, part of Afghanistan’s support staff at the ODI World Cup, further discussed India’s loss to Australia, highlighting the latter’s adaptive strategy. He noted Australia’s flexibility, contrasting India’s rigid approach. According to Jadeja, India’s adherence to a fixed plan allowed Australia to strategize effectively and ultimately outwit them in the final match.

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Last Updated on December 5, 2023

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