The Indian team will face arch-rivals Pakistan in the Super 4 match of the 2023 Asia Cup on Sunday. Before that, there is a big headache ahead of the team between KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan, who should be included in the last 11. This dilemma has worsened after Rahul became fit. But the team management and the captain have to solve the dilemma of deciding between the two before the high-voltage game. The Indian team will face Pakistan for the second time in the 2023 Asia Cup. The Indian team management is focused on the team’s goals but at the same time wants to field its best 11 players against Pakistan. However, for that he needs to find the answer to the Rahul Kishan selection puzzle. Both Rahul and Kishan’s numbers have been strong lately and this is also the main reason behind this dilemma. Let’s look at the numbers for both:
KL Rahul stats
KL Rahul has been one of India’s strongest ODI batsmen since 2019. In 2019, he scored 572 runs in 13 matches at an average of 47.67. Even after that, his good performance continued. In 2020, he scored 443 runs in nine games at an average of 55.38, 108 runs in three games at an average of 88.50 in 2021, 251 runs in 10 games at an average of 27.89 in 2022 and 226 runs in six games average 56.50 in 2023. Are. If we take a closer look at these numbers, Rahul, while batting at number five, scored 742 runs in 18 matches at an average of 53, including one century and seven half-centuries. These figures look pretty strong and his wicketkeeping also adds an extra arrow to the quiver.
Ishan Kishan statistics
Talking about Ishaan Kishan, this player has proven himself in ODI cricket in the last 9-10 months. Opened the double century against Bangladesh in December 2022. After that, if you look at the current form, then half a century in four consecutive ODI innings. An innings of 82 runs against Pakistan in a pressure game to get his team out of trouble, all it takes is to show that he has developed into an ODI player over the years. Wicketkeeping is also his plus point. If we look at his position statistics, the opening is his favorite slot. During the opening, he scored 425 runs in 6 innings, including a century and three half-centuries. 210 runs is his best score. Apart from this, he scored 163 runs in 4 innings including two half-centuries at number three, 106 runs in 6 innings including a half-century at number four and 82 runs in one inning at number five.
You have seen the statistics of these two players. The performances of both have been outstanding in ODI cricket for some time now. In such a situation, it becomes difficult for the team management and captain to decide who should be included in the last 11. Ishaan cannot be ignored even considering he played a useful innings in the 2023 Asia Cup group game against Pakistan. When Virat, Rohit, Gill and Iyer all flopped, he bailed the team out by 82 runs. Rahul’s experience cannot be ignored either. In such a situation, if both agree to play together, Shubman Gill or Shreyas Iyer may have to sit out. So now on September 10, it will be very interesting to see which 11 players get a chance from captain Rohit Sharma.