Ishan Kishan opts out of Ranji Trophy, joins training with Hardik and Krunal Pandya in Baroda: Sources

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Ishan Kishan, the young wicketkeeper-batsman for Team India, is currently on a break from cricket due to mental fatigue. He has not played for the team since the T20I series against Australia in November 2023. During the subsequent South Africa tour, he cited unavailability for the Test series against the Proteas and left midway.

Isha has missed the T20I series against Afghanistan and the home Tests against England. Team India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, initially mentioned that Ishan could make a comeback after playing in domestic cricket. However, Dravid’s stance changed after the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam earlier this week.

Reports suggest that Ishan Kishan has been seen “working out and practicing” in Baroda and training alongside the Pandya brothers. However, there is uncertainty regarding when he plans to resume competitive play.

Ishan will not be participating in Jharkhand’s upcoming Ranji Trophy match against Haryana, sparking discussions about the potential implications on his BCCI central contract. In his absence, KS Bharat has taken over the wicketkeeping duties for the England Tests.