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Ishan Kishan Skips Duleep Trophy

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Ishan Kishan Skips Duleep Trophy

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The cricketing world was left puzzled and intrigued when it was revealed that talented young player Ishan Kishan had decided not to participate in the upcoming first-class Duleep Trophy tournament. This decision has raised questions about his commitment to a potential Test career and has sparked a lively debate among fans and selectors alike.

Ishan Kishan, who recently gained significant attention and support for his outstanding performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL), was being considered by many for a spot in the Indian playing XI for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia. However, it seems that Kishan may have different plans for his cricketing future, as he chose to opt out of the East Zone team for the Duleep Trophy tournament, which coincides with a series in the West Indies scheduled just a month later.

The perplexity of the East Zone selectors was evident when they discovered Kishan’s reluctance to participate in the first-class tournament that precedes the two-Test series in the Caribbean, commencing on July 12. An anonymous member of the East Zone selection committee shared their surprise, stating, “Since he was part of the Indian squad for the WTC final and KS Bharat, the wicketkeeper, is playing for South Zone, we inquired with the Zonal selection committee convenor Debasish Chakraborty if we could select Kishan.”

Given Kishan’s stature as a senior Indian cricketer in the white-ball format, he would have likely been entrusted with the captaincy. However, after speaking with Kishan, Chakraborty relayed the news to the selectors that Kishan had no interest in participating in the Duleep Trophy. The selectors were not informed about the reasons behind his decision, leaving them puzzled and seeking answers.


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Interestingly, the situation took an unexpected turn when Jayanta Dey, the selector from Tripura, suggested the inclusion of Wriddhiman Saha, a seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman. Dey contacted Saha, who declined the offer, stating that the Duleep Trophy serves as a platform for aspiring Indian cricketers. Saha believed that if he were not in contention for the national team, it would be unfair to impede a youngster’s opportunity to showcase their skills. As a result, the selectors ultimately decided to include Abhishek Porel as the wicketkeeper, who was the third choice after Kishan and Saha.

While the selection committee attempted to address the situation, a minor controversy emerged when Niraj Singh, the representative from Bihar, who attended the selection committee meeting, was revealed to be an administrator rather than a former cricketer. This revelation led to some criticism, with questions raised about the suitability of an administrator participating in such crucial decision-making processes.

The final squad for the East Zone team in the Duleep Trophy has been announced, with Abhimanyu Easwaran appointed as the captain. The squad boasts a mix of experienced players like Sudip Gharami, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Anukul Roy, as well as promising talents like Riyan Parag and Ishan Porel. This diverse lineup will look to make an impact in the tournament and catch the attention of national selectors.

The decision made by Kishan has left fans speculating about his aspirations and goals for the future. Only time will tell whether Kishan’s absence from the first-class arena is a temporary detour or a deliberate choice that could shape the trajectory of his cricketing journey.


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