KL Rahul has been struggling for a while now and once Rohit Sharma returns to the fold, it is almost certain that the Indian vice-captain may have to sit out for a while.
However, with the 2023 World Cup looming on the horizon, it is a major dilemma about who exactly can take the mantle of Rahul and what will be India’s perfect strategy to go forward as the quadrennial extravaganza awaits.
With so many questions looming on the horizon, Australia’s Brett Lee had an answer to the same. The Australian quick picked Ishan Kishan as his replacement as the latter blasted a full-blown double against Bangladesh.
Talking on his official Youtube channel, Brett Lee said, “With this deadly double, Ishan has staked a strong claim to open for India in the ODI World Cup at home in 2023. Will this happen? I don’t know. Should it happen? Hell yeah it should. The guy just scored the fastest 200 in ODI history. But if he can show consistency, stay fit, and be around the next few months, he should be a sure-shot opener for India at the World Cup.”
He further added, “Back Ishan to make it in the World Cup squad with an eye on the future and clearly, he would be on a high after that knock as he should be. However, a word of caution. Too much praise had led to cobwebs in the head. So my advice to Ishan Kishan would be… forget about the milestone, forget about the double hundred as soon as you can. There are bigger milestones to achieve, higher peaks to scale. Ishan Kishan has to forget about the euphoria of his double hundred. Just focus on the process stay fit and keep smashing big runs.”
Heaping further praise on the hard-hitting southpaw, Brett Lee said, “I am a little late in reacting to this but as they say… better late than never. What we saw just a few days ago from Ishan Kishan was truly amazing. Bangladesh had no answer. The fastest double-hundred in ODI history, that’s right. 210 runs off just 132 balls… 24 fours and 10 massive sixes. A ferocious knock with shots all around the dial. Unbelievable batting, he could have easily got a triple hundred as well. It helped that he had the master Virat Kohli at the other end. what I loved about the innings was not just Ishan Kishan’s shot-making but Kohli’s reaction when Ishan ran the 200th run. What a great spirit and camaraderie between the two!”