Throughout the rained-out Asia Cupopener in opposition to Pakistan in Pallekele on September 2, Kishan, a wicketkeeper-batter, showcased his maturity with a composed innings of 82 whereas batting at No.5.
Nevertheless, the left-hander, who presently opens for Jharkhand and his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, additionally possesses the flexibility to excel on the prime of the batting order.
“I all the time stated that Ishan Kishan has to open as a result of he’s a robust character who maintains a superb group environment,” Raina informed JioCinema.
The previous India and Chennai Tremendous Kings lefthander had a small stint along with Kishan on the now-defunct IPL franchise Gujarat Lions in 2016 and 2017.
Raina remembered his time with the teen, and the way the wicketkeeper-batter introduced camaraderie and group spirit to the squad.
Recalling an incident, Raina stated, “I informed (Aaron) Finch that if Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum aren’t enjoying, then Ishan Kishan ought to open. I am going to bat at No. 3, and you may determine the remainder of the batting line-up.”
“I bear in mind in a single match, he hit four-five sixes in Rajkot in opposition to Mumbai Indians, and the way in which he confirmed intent is what a group wants. Similar to Rishabh Pant, who retains laughing and maintains good group bonding, that is what’s essential,” Raina added.
Raina additionally remembered that MS Dhoni had requested him to maintain a watch on the teen.
“Since he (Ishan) hails from Ranchi, he spoke to MS Dhoni, and everybody desires to be like Dhoni there. Additionally, due to the way in which Ishan contributed to Jharkhand, Dhoni informed me to watch his wicketkeeping progress,” Raina recollected.
India have a set opening pair in skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, each of whom have carried out decently within the ongoing Asia Cup.
The present opening duo are anticipated to proceed within the upcoming World Cup in India subsequent month as Kishan’s likelihood to open within the format might have to attend.
(With PTI Inputs)