As India takes on West Indies it will mark the beginning of a new test championship cycle. There are a few questions that the Indian captain and team management needs to find the answer to.
One of the questions is the availability of left-handers in the Indian batting lineup with Rishabh Pant still recovering from injury there is only one left-hander in the form of Ravindra Jadeja in the middle order.
Rohit Sharma addressed the concern in his press conference a day before the match. And to address the issue the team management has decided to include Yashaswi Jaiswal and Wicket Keeper Ishan Kishan in the eleven for the first test against West Indies in Dominica.
‘Reward ‘of good performance
Jaiswal has been in excellent form in domestic cricket which is evident by the fact that the left-hander scored a double and 150 in the same match in Duleep Trophy. The left-hander carried his rich vein of form in IPL as well.
There were many eye-catching performances from the Mumbai-based batter but the innings that caught everyone’s eye was his attacking century against Mumbai Indians where he played some breathtaking shots. Although RR lost the match Yashaswi proved that he belongs at the big stage and an India call-up is on the cards and it came against West Indies.
‘Patience’ Pays off
On one hand, there is Yashaswi Jaiswal, and on the other hand is Ishan Kishan who had to wait for a long time to make his test debut. Having captained the Indian U19 team to the final of the Under19 world cup in 2016 Ishan was seen as an attacking batter who can bat anywhere in the batting order. The only thing that went against him was that he was competing for the same spot as his teammate Rishabh Pant and the Delhi-based batter through his impactful performances was fast-tracked to the senior team.
But as they say, patience is key to long-term success that is what Ishan Kishan showed. IPL 2020 proved to be the breakthrough year for Kishan who scored 516 runs for MI in the team’s fifth IPL title win. Ishan did not have to wait long for his maiden India call-up as he was selected for the T20I series against England and since then he has never looked back.