Ray of light for out-of-favour Ishan Kishan as BCCI secretary chats with him post IPL game | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Ishan Kishan, recently excluded from the BCCI’s central contract list, found himself engaged in conversation with secretary Jay Shah on Sunday evening following Mumbai Indians’ IPL game. This gesture could be seen as a silver lining for the talented wicketkeeper-batter.
The 25-year-old from Jharkhand, who returned to India during the South Africa tour last year due to travel fatigue, has shown reluctance towards playing first-class cricket.Despite repeated attempts by the Indian team management to involve him, he did not participate in any Ranji Trophy games this season.
Rather than participating in Jharkhand’s last Ranji Trophy game against Rajasthan, Ishan was observed practicing with his Mumbai Indians skipper, Hardik Pandya, in Baroda, preparing for the IPL. This decision ultimately resulted in the loss of his contract.
Despite making a comeback for RBI in the DY Patil T20 Cup, his return to elite cricket began on a disappointing note as he was dismissed for a duck against the Gujarat Titans.
However, Shah was seen having a light-hearted chat with Kishan and national captain Rohit Sharma. While the contents of the discussion aren’t known as of now the all-powerful secretary warming up to a cricketer, who had fallen out of favour, certainly augurs well for the latter.
Kishan’s chances of a comeback in the T20 World Cup have dwindled in the past few months with Rishabh Pant back in contention and KL Rahul also making his intentions clear by picking up the big gloves.

To add to that, Sanju Samson has also started off the IPL well while Dhruv Jurel and Jitesh Sharma are also in the mix for the coveted spot in the national team.
But IPL gives Kishan a massive opportunity to make a case with consistent performances with selectors travelling for select games to check on World Cup hopefuls.
The best part about Secretary Shah’s short little conversation was the presence of national captain Rohit, which effectively meant that Kishan would be judged by the yardstick of his performance even though his attitude had come under the scanner in the past few months.
MI batting coach Kieron Pollard also threw his weight behind the embattled opener and said he will come good in the coming matches as he is an “experienced” player within the setup.
“For him, again, he did not score tonight so, we can look at all sorts of different things, but it’s a long tournament, he is an experienced guy within our setup and we expect big things from Ishan.”
“He is in a good space, he has been practising well and has been doing fairly decently, so hopefully within the next couple of games, you can see great performances from him and all of you will continue to laud his brains when he does that,” Pollard said.
(With PTI inputs)


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