For the duration of the five-match T20I series against Australia, National Cricket Academy (NCA) head coach and batting legend VVS Laxman coached a reserve Indian team. This was because the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was preparing to extend head coach Rahul Dravid’s contract following the ICC World Cup 2023. In the bilateral series, a subpar Indian team led by new captain Suryakumar Yadav defeated Australia 4-1.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, former captain Virat Kohli, and captain Rohit Sharma were not available for India. For the final two Twenty20 International matches against Australia, superstar Shreyas Iyer, who was benched for the first three matches, rejoined the Indian team as Suryakumar’s deputy. Iyer, a middle-order hitter, had played in every one of India’s 11 home World Cup matches.After the third match of the five-game series, India decided to release Ishan Kishan from the playing XI, despite Iyer being scheduled to bat at No. 3 for the fourth and fifth Twenty20 Internationals. Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja questioned Kishan’s non-selection in the T20I series, reflecting on the team’s performance under Laxman’s close supervision. Kishan, the star hitter.
A series immediately followed the World Cup. After participating in three matches, Ishan Kishan left. After three battles, was he truly so exhausted that he required rest? He didn’t even participate in many World Cup games. He was rightfully included in the starting lineup for the opening World Cup games. On a good day, how many Indian players have amassed a double century? It’s his day to change the game. When is he going to prepare? Will you continuously put him on trial? What is the number of games he has played in the past two years? The issue with Indian cricket is not new; it has long existed that we reject players rather than choose them.” Jadeja
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