NEW DELHI: Former pacemaker Venkatesh Prasad has criticized the exclusion of Ichan Kishan of India playing eleven for the first ODI against Sri Lanka, saying “there is no way to drop a player for scoring a double hundred”.
Ahead of the first ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, India skipper Rohit Sharma made it clear he would open alongside Shubman Gill and not Kishan, who scored a double cent in his final innings in the 50-over format.
“Just think would have been to give a chance to a man who scored a double hundred in India’s last ODI, and in a series where India lost two games and the series.

“Have all the time in the world for Gill, but no way dropping a player for scoring a double ton,” Prasad said in a series of tweets.
Prasad, who has played 33 Tests and 161 ODIs for India, also believes mediocrity is preferred over the ‘x-factor’ in the current setup.
“There’s a reason we’ve underperformed in limited cricket. The constant hash change and a guy who does brilliantly and is an X-factor is dropped and mediocrity retained.

“In England, Pant scored one hundred in the final ODI and helped India win the series. However, based on T20 form, he was dropped from the ODI squad. KL Rahul, on the other hand, with the exception of a few rounds, has consistently failed but keeps his place. is not the most important metric. Sad,” the 53-year-old added.
Rahul will be the designated wicketkeeper in the playing XI. World T20 number one hitter Suryakumar Yadav is unlikely to feature in the first ODI with Shreyas Iyer being the preferred choice.
India last won a major tournament in 2013.

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