India defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their first ODI on Sunday at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Young batsmen Ishaan Kishan and Prithvi Shah surprised everyone with their hurricane performance in the match. Shah scored 43 off 24 balls while playing in explosive fashion, while Kishan made 59 in 42 balls. Based on the brilliant batting of these young batsmen, India achieved Sri Lanka’s target of 263 by losing three wickets. Former off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is also very impressed after seeing Shah and Kishan batting. Harbhajan said it was very difficult to ignore these two batsmen at the T20 World Cup in the UAE this year.
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Speaking to Sports Tak, Harbhajan said, ‘You can judge a player by his performance. The manner in which Prithvi Shah and Ishaan Kishan batted in international matches shows how capable they are and it is difficult to ignore them for the T20 World Cup. If you want to win the World Cup, you need such players. They don’t see who’s bowling in the proposition. They play their natural game.
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While Kishan has already made his T20 debut for India, Shah has not yet made his debut in the lowest form of cricket. He has only played Tests and ODIs for India so far. Shah and Kishan have been very influential in domestic cricket and have performed well in the IPL. Harbhajan is of the opinion that besides Shah and Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav could also be named in the T20 World Cup.
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“They should not be ignored on the basis of their achievements. While the selectors may need to replace a senior player, they should go ahead and do so. According to me, Suryakumar Yadav secured his place in the T20 World Cup. They play aggressive cricket, keep their wickets safe and score fast.