While dismissing disciplinary action allegations, Indian cricket team coach Rahul Dravid also hinted that Ishan Kishan would need to play local cricket before making a return.
Ishan Kishan is the only member of the Indian cricket squad that is in the news a lot these days. He traveled with the Indian team to South Africa. But Ishan Kishan went home for a break in the middle of the tour. Subsequently, he was left off the India versus. Afghanistan Twenty20 International team roster. Rumors and rumors suggested that this could have been because of a disciplinary issue. Rahul Dravid, the coach of the Indian cricket team, denied these assertions but added that Ishan Kishan will need to play domestic cricket before he can return.
“No, most definitely not (no punishment). There was not a choice for Ishan Kishan. In South Africa, Ishan Kishan asked for a break, and we acknowledged, supported, and agreed. He has not yet offered himself for consideration. At the pre-match press conference held in front of the first Twenty20 international between Afghanistan and India, Rahul Dravid stated, “I am confident that he will play domestic cricket and make himself available for selection when he is available.”
The left-hander is now unable to be selected for the England Tests later this month, where Kona Bharat is expected to start as the first keeper, after missing seven weeks of cricket action.
Debasish Chakraborty, the secretary of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA), responded negatively when PTI asked if Kishan has made himself available for the ongoing Ranji Trophy.
“No, we haven’t heard from Ishan or received any information regarding his availability. He will enter the playing XI whenever he informs us, Chakraborty said PTI.
Although Dravid refuted the rumors, Shreyas Iyer’s non-selection for the T20I series against the Afghans had also contributed to the player indiscipline discourse.
“There is no connection whatsoever between Shreyas Iyer’s case and any disciplinary action. He simply missed out on it. The team has a large number of batsmen. The former Indian captain stated, “He did not play in the T20s in the SA as well.
According to Dravid, it was difficult to fit every player into the starting eleven or squad.
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“It is regrettable since he is a good player, but it is difficult to accommodate every batsman into the playing 11 or squad. At least during my conversation with the selectors, no discipline-related topics were brought up,” Dravid stated.