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Update MSK Prasad calls Ishan Kishan a hot contender for wicketkeeper-batsman slot
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Ishan Kishan a hot contender for wicketkeeper-batsman slot in both T20Is and ODIs: MSK Prasad

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ormer chief selector of India senior men's cricket squad MSK Prasad has reckoned that Mumbai Indians' highest run-scorer of IPL 2020 season, Ishan Kishan is now a hot contender for the wicket-batsman slot in the national team.

MSK Prasad has heaped rich praises on the Bihar-born cricketer, saying that it's fantastic to see the the pocket-sized dynamite. Highlighting that Kishan opened as well as batted at number four position for Mumbai, Prasad added that the 22-year-old can adapt according to the situations and has a great temperament.

“It’s really fantastic to see this pocket dynamite in action. He had a fantastic IPL. Batting at No. 4 and later opening the innings, shows his adaptability and temperament. His ability to switch gears as per the team’s requirements will definitely place him as a hot contender for the wicketkeeper-batsman slot for Team India in both T20s & ODIs in times to come,” Prasad was quoted as saying by TOI.

“If he can keep wickets well and bat the same way he did in the IPL, he will be a welcome addition to the national squad,” he added about the Mumbai Indians star.

Earlier, Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar had also backed Kishan for the role. He has opined that the competition between Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan will be interesting. Notably, Pant had played Under-19 World Cup 2016 under Kishan.

"His (Pant's) absence from India’s white ball squads is a massive setback; just a few months back, he was a “star”.

"Meanwhile, his once U19 captain Kishan has taken the staircase up to the spotlight. He has slowly developed his T20 game, as is apparent in the superb season he is having for Mumbai Indians. There is a bit of Pant in the way he is playing his big shots this season, in the way he puts his powerful torso to work.

"He can hit quality fast bowlers out of the ground too and seems to have acquired more gears to his batting than Pant does. He will now start competing with his junior cricket colleague for the same spot in the Indian team. This will be an intriguing contest within a contest in Indian cricket," he had rold Hindustan Times.

Notably, Kishan amassed 516 runs in IPL 2019, but the Delhi batsman Pant scored only 343 runs in his 14 matches. The 23-year-old scored his maiden fifity of the 13th edition in the final versus Mumabi Indians.

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