Ishan Kishan. (Source: BCCI)

MS Dhoni’s retirement from iternational cricket has opened gates for the youngsters to grab the place behind the stumps.

While KL Rahul has been doing reasonably well, Rishabh Pant’s bad form with the bat and disappointing performance with the gloves has forced the management to scout new talent. Sanju Samson though has also find himself a place in the team but former BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad has said that Jharkhand wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan is hot contender for the place.

Kishan has been in sublime for in IPL 2020 while playing for MI.

“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.

Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody had also tagged Ishan as a ‘real package’ due to his flexibility to bat at any position in the playing XI.

“We do know that he can keep as well. He doesn’t need to keep in that Mumbai side so he’s the real package. The other thing is that he can open the batting and also looks comfortable batting in the middle and that’s quite rare for a young player to have that sort of open mind and flexibility,” Moody told ESPNCricinfo.

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