One of the most important aspects of India’s T20I series against South Africa has been their determination in the powerplay, which has hampered the Men in Blue in the past, particularly when they batted first. However, one batter has set down the pattern for India’s brave approach to the new ball, and veteran India batsman Gautam Gambhir has lavished praise on the kid while also endorsing him for the T20 World Cup.

Ishan Kishan has scored 55 runs in the powerplay in 41 balls across two innings, with a strike rate of 134.1 and a boundary rate of almost 4 balls. In T20Is, India has long been looking for a courageous batsman at the top of the order, and Ishan has already established his value.

After India’s match against South Africa in Cuttack, Gambhir told Star Sports that he would prefer to keep Ishan even after KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli returned from their vacation to rejoin the white-ball team. He also asked head coach Rahul Dravid to stick with Ishan for the T20 World Cup and retain him in the XI during the warm-up games if he is still in contention.

“The issue is whether the Indian squad would stick with KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli when they return. Because you’re constantly talking about the x-factor and taking risks. Whether he scores runs or not, he brings a daring attitude to the game. Will they be tempted to bat him and Rohit at the top and KL Rahul in the middle? However, given Australian conditions, where there will be bouncy wickets, he likes to pull from the backfoot and smashes the length ball extremely effectively, I would want to stick with him. They should stick with him for the T20 World Cup, in my opinion. “If he’s in the picture, they’ll play him till the World Cup,” he remarked.