Gautam Gambhir and Mohammad Kaif on Team India No 5 slots

Gautam Gambir on no. Five Batting Position: The Indian cricket team is struggling with the big dilemma of which player to choose for the number 5 in the team. Although KL Rahul has been playing a role in India's ODI team for some time now, the way Ishan Kishan handled the responsibility at this number has impressed everyone. In fact, there are many who believe that Ishaan should continue to play at the No. 5 spot for India even if Rahul has to pay the price for sitting on the bench, however, there are those who think otherwise.

The form versus record debate started between Gambhir and Mohammad Kaif on Star Sports over the selection of Ishan Kishan vs KL Rahul for the No. 5 spot. Gambhir believes That India should avoid a 'mistake' by not choosing Ishan in place of Rahul in the ODI team.

"India will make a huge mistake if they don't play Ishan Kishan before KL Rahul," Gambhir said in a conversation with Star Sports, explaining the consistency that Ishan has shown in the last few ODI innings, be it as an opener or in the middle order. They get a place in the team. "The issue is that when you are preparing to win the World Cup (WC2023), you don't see the names, you assess by their form. You pick the player who can do well and win you the World Cup.


During the debate, Gambhir even told Kaif that if someone like Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma had scored half-centuries in consecutive matches like Ishaan, he would have batted for Rahul's selection. "Just because he is Ishan Kishan and he hasn't played a lot of international cricket, you are saying KL Rahul should play before him.

"But if Ishan Kishan was replaced by Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma, would KL Rahul have replaced him? KL Rahul is back in the Indian squad for the Asia Cup 2023 and is expected to be available for selection as Rohit Sharma's side take on Pakistan (IND vs Pak Asia Cup Super 4) in a Super 4 tie on Sunday. Even for India's World Cup squad, Ishan and Rahul have been selected as the two wicketkeeper-batsmen.

Although there will be competition between them for the place behind the stumps, if the team management decides to make Shreyas Iyer sit on the bench, then both of them can also join the playing XI.

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