Ind vs Eng 5th T20: Ishan Kishan or KL Rahul? Manjrekar, Vaughan make prediction on who should start

Ind vs Eng 5th T20: Ishan Kishan or KL Rahul? Manjrekar, Vaughan makes prediction on who should start
Ind vs Eng 5th T20: Ishan Kishan or KL Rahul? Manjrekar, Vaughan makes prediction on who should start

Ind vs Eng 5th T20: Ishan Kishan or KL Rahul? Manjrekar, Vaughan make a prediction on who should start: With all to play for in the decider 5th and the final T20I match of the series, India still hasn’t plugged their opening batsmen duo saga. It is not only the players who are facing a competitive heat from their compatriots, even the think-tank of India seems to be under a bit of pressure with the dilemma of too many options.

With Shikhar Dhawan already itching to be back into the playing schemes, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan have just made the contention even more fierce. Many cricket pundits have opined their school of thoughts of the much-debated issue of India’s other opening batsman alongside Rohit Sharma in the ongoing series.

Ind vs Eng: Check out who did Michael Vaughan and Sanjay Manjrekar chose.

Manjrekar believes Kishan should be given a chance in the playing XI if he is available for selection. India had made a forced change in the fourth T20I after Kishan was ruled out due to an niggle.

India want to give KL Rahul a long rope. He gets another game and they (the management) tell him that because you’re out of form and you’re a class player, you’ll get another game. I would love to have Ishan Kishan back if the niggle is out of the way but let’s see how it goes,” Sanjay Manjrekar explained while speaking to ESPNCricinfo after the 4th T20I.

Former England batsman Michael Vaughan echoed Manjrekar and said Rahul is struggling with confidence and hence India should go for Kishan in the Ind vs Eng series decider.

KL Rahul doesn’t play, simple. You can’t look at this other than a one-off game and who is the best player at the minute, who is playing with the most clarity and confidence. Ishan Kishan will open the batting“.

For me, KL Rahul is not being thrown out of the team forever but at this stage, he is not playing to the confidence, he is struggling for form, so Ishan Kishan will come in to open the batting with Rohit. More Mumbai Indians, there you go,” added Michael Vaughan.

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Ind vs Eng: KL Rahul or Ishan Kishan? Who should Open in Ind vs Eng 5th T20I?

The world no.2 T20I batsman, KL Rahul was drafted as the preferred series opener. But his odious batting performances in the first 4 games with scoring- 1,0,0 & 14 has raised few eyebrows over his inclusion in the playing XI. But the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has constantly reiterated the fact that he is a champion player and he will get a prolonged run in the T20 format. Rahul also received backing from the head coach, Ravi Shashtri.

But on the other side, who is searing up things is the young southpaw dynamite- Ishan Kishan who scored a match-winning fifty in his debut game in the 2nd T20I game. But after embracing a niggle in the 3rd T20I, Ishan was benched for the 4th T20I game, making way for Suryakumar Yadav. With no debate over SKY’s inclusion in the decider, it will be either KL Rahul or Ishan Kishan who will be left out unless any last-minute contingency surfaces.