Ishan Kishan training with Hardik, Krunal in Baroda

Ishan Kishan training with Hardik, Krunal in Baroda. Kishan is training with Kiran More at Reliance Stadium.

Ishan Kishan withdrew from the series against South Africa in December 2023, citing mental tiredness. The team management excused him, and KL Rahul took his spot in the playing XI. Later, he missed the T20I series against Afghanistan and is not in the selection for the five-match Test against England. When head coach Rahul Dravid was queried about his availability. The former cricketer stated that the teenager has yet to make himself available, calling into doubt his professionalism and devotion to the national team.

However, Kishan has finally begun practicing, as he was photograph exercising with Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya at the Reliance Stadium in Baroda. Hardik, who suffered an ankle injury during the ODI World Cup, is still working his way back to full fitness but is likely to play in the next Indian Premier League. Former cricketer Kiran More, 61, has verified to Cricbuzz that the trio is now working together.

According to rumors, the wicketkeeper hitter has no desire to return to professional cricket. Dravid told the press that Kishan needs to play some competitive matches to join the national squad, but as things are, he would not participate in Jharkhand’s forthcoming Ranji Trophy match against Haryana, which begins on February 9. That effectively cuts out Kishan’s hopes of playing in the remaining matches against England, which begin with the third Test on February 15.

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KL Rahul likely to return in third Test

KL Rahul, who missed the second Test with a slight ailment, is expected to return to the starting XI. The star batter will most likely succeed Rajat Patidar, who made his debut in Visakhapatnam. Interestingly, several reports suggest that renowned pacer Jasprit Bumrah may miss the third Test as well. He is likely to be rested, as Mohammed Siraj returns.

However, with a 10-day pause, the plans may change. The decision is totally dependent on Bumrah and how he feels ahead of the Rajkot Test.

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