India vs IRE: ‘His target is to be India’s No. 1 choice in T20 World Cup, not as backup’: Graeme Swann backs Ishan Kishan

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Ishan Kishan is the only player from any Test playing country to score more than 400 runs in T20Is in 2022. He has scored 26, 15, 27, 54, 34 and 76 points in India’s last 6 T20I matches.

Still, there is little chance that he will retain his position in the starting lineup with the return of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

Kishan has claimed the starting berth with a powerful performance at the top of the order in the absence of the team’s general captain Rohit, who was rested for the South Africa and Ireland series, and Rahul, who is out with a right groin injury.

IND vs IRE: Going to be India's No. 1 choice in T20 World Cup, not as a backup': Graeme Swann backs Ishan Kishan
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Graeme Swann backs Ishan Kishan as Indian opener for World Cup

Hence, according to former England off-spinner Graeme Swann, Kishan will not be accepted as a “backup”. The left-handed batsman would like to represent India as the favorite opener in the World Cup.

“His (Ishan Kishan’s) target is to become an opener in the World Cup. There isn’t a player I know of who wants to be there as a backup. His statistics speak for themselves. It is interesting that he has had such a good time at the international level, IPL has not been good by his standards. Swann said on Sony Sports Network.

Ishan Kishan., PC-BCCI
Ishan Kishan., PC-BCCI

India got off to a brisk start chasing 109 in the opening 12-over T20I against Ireland, which was postponed due to rain, thanks to Kishan’s 16 off 11 balls.

“There’s no way now he’ll be thinking ‘I’m not a backup’.” Swann added.

Excellent opportunity for Ishaan Kishan: Ajay Jadeja

Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja claimed that because Kishan bats first down the order, he has the best chance of establishing himself.

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Ishan Kishan of India., PC-BCCI

“He has to keep pushing. Virat Kohli has to come back, Rohit Sharma has to come back. Shikhar Dhawan, who was recently one of the captains of the team, is nowhere in the scene. I keep saying this with the Indian cricket team. I know things change in a few months.

You bring something special to the team and suddenly you start putting pressure on the existing players. Ishan Kishan has the best chance as the openers get the best positions to bat in T20Is. They said.

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