Ishan Kishan defies Rahul Dravid's instructions as he continues to remain absent from Ranji Trophy, trains with Pandya brothers

Ishan Kishan pulled out of the Test series citing mental fatigue due to constant traveling. On his availability, India head coach Rahul Dravid said that Kishan needs to play in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.

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Ishan Kishan with Pandya Brothers

Ishan Kishan with Pandya Brothers (Image Credit: Twitter)

India wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan is reportedly training at the Kiran More Academy in Baroda. Since last November, he hasn't played any competitive games. In the middle of the T20I series against Australia, he was rested for the rest of the games. Kishan was selected for the entire South Africa but pulled out of the Test series. It was reported that he wanted to play in the Tests and wanted to rest during the white-ball games.

Meanwhile, in recent times, despite the Ranji Trophy in progress, the left-hander continues to remain absent. The former India U19 skipper is reported to be training with the likes of Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya with the former returning and set to lead the Mumbai Indians. Kishan is also part of the former IPL champions. As confirmed by the former India wicketkeeper batter Kiran More to Cricbuzz, Kishan and Pandya brothers are training at his academy.

More is currently busy with the Mumbai Indians' Women ahead of the second season of the Women's Premier League, starting on February 23. 

Ishan Kishan may not be ready to play: Rahul Dravid

In a query related to the Jharkhand player, India head coach Rahul Dravid recently said that whenever Kishan is ready, he can play in the first-class cricket.

"I just don't want to go on labouring about the Ishan Kishan point. Whenever he is ready, I didn't say he has to play domestic cricket, I said whenever he is ready... he needs to play some cricket and come back. The choice is his. We are not forcing him to do anything. We are in touch with him.

"We know what it is. He hasn't yet started playing, right? At the moment, it's not something that we would consider. He is maybe not ready. He decides when he wants to be ready." 

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