Indian cricketer, Ishan Kishan’s abrupt withdrawal from the upcoming Test series against South Africa, citing personal reasons, raised questions within the cricketing community. Although the BCCI’s official statement lacked details, a report from the Indian Express suggested that mental fatigue, attributed to extensive travel and limited game time, was the primary factor.
Insider information indicates that the wicketkeeper-batsman, Ishan Kishan, experiencing the strain of continuous cricket and frequent journeys over the past year, approached the Indian team management to request a break from the sport. Following discussions with the selectors, he was granted the much-needed respite. This development highlights the impact of demanding schedules on players and underscores the significance of prioritizing mental well-being in professional sports.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah had stated in a press release:
“Ishan Kishan has requested the BCCI to be released from the upcoming Test series against South Africa citing personal reasons. The wicketkeeper has subsequently been withdrawn from the Test squad. The men’s selection committee has named KS Bharat as a replacement.”