Ahead of the IND vs. SA 1st T20I: Ishan Kishan vs. Jitesh Sharma selection conundrum for Rahul Dravid

Fresh off a commanding 4-1 win over Australia, the India Cricket Team is getting up for the India vs. South Africa series. Ahead of the IND vs. SA 1st T20I, Rahul Dravid and Co. are facing a big selection headache. One of the key selection dilemmas will be for the keeper’s spot. Ishan Kishan and Jitesh Sharma will be eager to grab the spot and make it their own for the 3-match T20I series.

Recently, Ishan Kishan has been a dependable workhorse for the Men in Blue. The Southpaw played 2 matches in the ODI World Cup and then featured in the first 3 matches of the IND vs. AUS T20I series. However, in the last two matches of the series, Jitesh Sharma was given his chance to shine while a fatigued Kishan got much-needed rest.

But now the dynamics have changed. With the T20 World Cup fast approaching, it is now make-or-break for both Kishan and Jitesh to prove their worth.

In the first three matches, Ishan Kishan was brilliant with the bat at number 3. He notched up back-to-back fifties (58, 52) but was dismissed for a duck in the third game. On the other side, Jitesh Sharma was no different. Coming down the order, he donned the role of a finisher and went on to slam 35 of 19, and 24 of 16 in the last two games of the series.



Dec 7, 2023 4:21 PM