IND vs WI: The Indian Test cricket squad is dealing with the unavailability of their mainstream wicketkeeper-batsman, thus the selectors have turned their focus to young players to find out a good wicket-keeping option while Rishabh Pant is still recovering. The selectors have to look at Ishan Kishan and Upendra Yadav as possible wicket-keeper choices for the upcoming Tests against the West Indies as the injury-prone KL Rahul has been ruled out and KS Bharat’s batting problems have raised concerns.
Surprisingly, despite his earlier achievements, Wriddhiman Saha appears to be absent from the selectors’ plans as a consequence of his underwhelming performance in the WTC Final.
A senior BCCI official highlighted the need to go past the 38-year-old veteran while acknowledging Saha’s superb batting as well as outstanding wicketkeeping abilities. Despite the possibility of their initial failures, the selectors remain determined to develop young talents like Ishan Kishan, KS Bharat, and Upendra Yadav. The selectors underline the relevance of Pant’s future return while working to nurture young talent who can offer more long-lasting solutions.
Ishan Kishan is in BCCI’s plan as Wicket-keeping Option for IND vs WI Series
KS Bharat was expecting to step into Pant’s shoes, but he has fallen short of expectations with the bat, amassing just 129 runs in eight innings. Although his wicketkeeping has been excellent, the Indian team management has decided to put more priority on a batter who can effectively keep wickets.
The selectors are now focusing on Ishan Kishan, who has shown tremendous batting abilities while not being equally proficient behind the stumps. Ishan Kishan has been transferred to the National Cricket Academy, where he is relentlessly putting in the training needed to develop the strength needed to withstand the rigorous demands of Test cricket. For the upcoming Test series against the West Indies, Ishan will likely beat off KS Bharat for the primary wicketkeeper-batsman position if his development continues in the right direction.
The BCCI has also noticed the 26-year-old Uttar Pradesh keeper-batsman Upendra Yadav as a promising talent. Upendra is considered as a serious candidate to be called up to the Indian team for the next series in the Caribbean.
The Indian team will leave for the West Indies on July 1st, while the selectors will announce the final lineup for the tour next week.