IPL 2023: Why Ishan Kishan did not open and come out to bat for Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2 vs Gujarat Titan

Kishan was walking past Jordan, who was putting his cap after completing his 17-run over, when he suffered the injury to his left eye. Mumbai Indians rushed in the middle and soon took Kishan back with them.

The southpaw did not come to bat even after the fall of two Mumbai Indians wickets. To add to MI’s woes, Cameron Green also walked off the field after getting hit on his left forearm by a short 146 km/h delivery from Hardik Pandya on the fifth ball of the second over.

“This might be a little bit worse than a bruise,” reckoned Kevin Pietersen as Green walked back in pain with MI physios. Fortunately, the Australia came out bat again after fall of MI’s third wicket in the form of Tilak Varma on the final delivery of the powerplay.

Kishan and Green were in top form for Mumbai Indians. Kishan is MI’s second-highest run-scorer in the IPL 2023. He scored 454 runs at an average of 30.26 and a strike rate of 142.76. Green, the third-highest run-scorer for the team, has scored 426* runs at an average of 53.25 and a strike rate of 160.75.

Kerala wicketkeeper-batter Vishnu Vinod later replaced Kishan as concussion substitute. The 29-year-old also donned the gloves after Kishan left the field during GT’s innings.

Kishan is part of India’s 15-member WTC squad. He was named as replacement for KL Rahul who suffered a thigh injury during the IPL 2023. The nature and severity of Kishan’s injury is unknown for now.

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