Ganguly Weighs In: Ishan Kishan or KL Rahul for India’s ODI World Cup 2023 Wicketkeeper Slot?

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In a recent interaction, Sourav Ganguly shed light on India’s wicketkeeping selection dilemma ahead of the 2023 Cricket World Cup. The BCCI is poised to unveil India’s provisional lineup for the grand tournament on Monday.

As the cricketing world keenly sets its eyes on Team India’s imminent squad reveal for the Asia Cup 2023, set for Monday, August 21, the buzz around the prospective lineup for the ODI World Cup 2023 grows palpable. Though the official deadline for provisional squad submission is slated for September 5, we anticipate a sneak peek into the potential team ensemble.

The debate rages hottest around the wicketkeeping berth, with several talented contenders locking horns for the prestigious role. Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul emerge as front-runners, while Sanju Samson remains in the fray as a potential alternate. Ahead of the crucial selection committee assembly, cricket luminary and ex-BCCI chief, Sourav Ganguly, has weighed in on this much-discussed dilemma.

In a revealing pre-meeting commentary, Ganguly expressed a marked preference for the dynamic Kishan, attributing his choice to Kishan’s electrifying batting flair and his knack for turning the tide in his team’s favor. While conceding Rishabh Pant’s widely recognized prowess behind the stumps, Ganguly accentuated Kishan’s potential as a game-changer, positioning him as a strong contender for the coveted spot.

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“Pant is the best wicketkeeper in the country, but you can see Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul (depending on his fitness); these two will be right up in Rohit’s and Rahul’s minds. I like Ishan Kishan because he just opens up the game for any team. I am sure Dravid will keep him in his plans,” said Ganguly as quoted by Hindustan Times.“Pant is the best wicketkeeper in the country, but you can see Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul (depending on his fitness); these two will be right up in Rohit’s and Rahul’s minds. I like Ishan Kishan because he just opens up the game for any team. I am sure Dravid will keep him in his plans,” said Ganguly as quoted by Hindustan Times.

Kishan vs. Rahul: A Tale Told by Stats

Kishan’s imprint on the ODI landscape has been undeniable since his induction in February 2022. In a span of 15 encounters, he has carved out an envious 634 runs, boasting an average of 48.76. With a staggering double ton and five fifties under his belt, Kishan’s prowess at the crease is evident.

Contrastingly, Rahul donned the dual role of a wicketkeeper-batsman in nine fixtures between December 2022 and March 2023. The Karnataka stalwart, with 321 runs at a commendable average of 45.83 and three half-centuries to his credit, has showcased his mettle. However, a hamstring setback during the IPL season became a stumbling block, ruling him out of the subsequent West Indies series.

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