Ishan Kishan, an Indian wicketkeeper and batsman, may not be selected for the squad competing in the next Asia Cup, but he is hopeful of returning to the starting lineup. The young stumper was not on the 15-person roster for the competition that was announced earlier this week. On August 28, Rohit Sharma will serve as captain as India takes on Pakistan in a thrilling encounter to kick off their campaign.

In his most recent 20-over contest against the West Indies, Ishan scored 11 runs off of 13 deliveries. With 430 runs at an average of 30.71, he is second among Indian T20 players this year because to his constant display of bat prowess. The left-handed batter has three half-centuries to his credit and a highest personal score of 89.

The 24-year-old said that being turned down for the Asia Cup will inspire him to work harder and score more runs. He remains “positive” despite the absence, which astonished many of his supporters.

“I believe hiring committees are impartial. They carefully considered who should play and where when selecting the players. If I’m not picked, I’ll work harder and score more runs, so that’s good for me. If the selectors believe in me, I will surely stay in the team “To ANI, Ishan stated.

Ishan, who was acquired for an astounding $15.5 crore in the IPL super auction earlier this year, had a below-average season with the Mumbai Indians. Even though the five-time IPL champions finished last in the points standings, he scored 418 runs at an average of 32.15 in 14 innings, including three half-centuries.

KL Ishan was replaced by Rahul in the Asia Cup team after an extended injury hiatus. The batter hasn’t participated in a competitive game of cricket since the IPL season began in May. Rahul underwent hernia surgery before he was scheduled to play in the West Indies. But he was eliminated from the series when a Covid-19 test revealed a positive result.

Jasprit Bumrah won’t be competing due to a back ailment, while Virat Kohli will return to the Asia Cup after a brief break. Harshal Patel will also miss the continental tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

India, Pakistan, and a qualifier will participate in Group A of the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh are members of Group B. The top two teams from each group advance to a round-robin Super 4 series, which will decide which two teams will face off in the championship game on September 11.