"There is nothing wrong that he did"- Wasim Jaffer sad over Indian star's place in ODI team
India didn't have a good performance in the last two ODI series. They lost 1-0 against New Zealand, and they suffered a 2-1 loss against Bangladesh. Although Team India dominated the third ODI with a massive win, it was too late, and they lost the series.
India thrashed Bangladesh by 227 runs in the third ODI, courtesy of centuries from Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli. The former Indian made 113 runs and scored his 44th ODI century, while Ishan went on to score the fastest ODI double century off just 126 balls.
He made 210 off 131 balls, including 24 fours and 10 sixes. Notably, the left-hander was given a chance after Rohit Sharma was injured and young Indian opener Shubman Gill was ruled out of the series. Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer believes Gill was unlucky not to get a chance.
Notably, Gill has shown excellent form in ODIs this year. He has been doing well with the limited options he has got. But he wasn't even picked in the team, and now that Ishan Kishan has scored a brilliant double century, it will somehow put more pressure on Gill's place.
In a discussion on Cricinfo, Jaffer said that Ishan's double century will certainly put his name ahead of Gill, which is a very sad situation for the 23-year-old.
He said, "Ishan Kishan obviously puts himself ahead of Shubman Gill now. I feel a little bit sad for Gill, he was the frontrunner before this innings. He was the third opener in the line after Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and now he will be in fourth spot. Sometimes you will feel why Gill is not in the squad, there is nothing wrong that he did."
Meanwhile, Jaffer also believes that India will pick Rohit and Dhawan as their first-choice openers in ODIs. But he also thinks that it is high time for India to take a decision on Dhawan.
Furthermore, Jaffer stated that India must consider who their third or fourth openers are in the team, as well as what to do with Dhawan, who has a stellar record in ICC tournaments but struggled in the recent series.