England opener Jason Roy was not surprised with the kind of innings India debutant Ishan Kishan played in the second T20I of five-match series between India and England, which was played on March 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.
Ishan Kishan had made his India debut in the second T20I and scored 56 runs with 4 sixes and 5 fours opening the innings alongside KL Rahul. He added 94 runs for the second wicket with captain Virat Kohli and put India in a winning position from where Kohli took India to the win with help of Rishabh Pant’s 26.
Ishan Kishan Obviously A Star Player, He’s Done That For Mumbai Indians: Jason Roy
Jason Roy, who has been part of the IPL for multiple seasons, has seen Ishan Kishan’s hitting prowess from close quarters and said that he wasn’t surprised at the way the young Jharkhand batsman went about his job despite it being his India debut.
“He’s obviously a star player, he’s done that for Mumbai Indians, numerous amounts of time so I wasn’t surprised when I saw him kind of teeing off a bit because everyone knows he’s a star player so good on him. A couple of times he might have got a little bit wrong with the ball but he capitalized by hitting it for six. It’s just a case of just making sure you kind of execute your skills extremely well,” Roy said in a virtual media interaction with the UK media.
Our Policy Is To Play Aggressive Cricket: Jason Roy
England was hampered by the pitch after been put into bat by Virat Kohli who won the toss in the second T20I match. Jason Roy top-scored with 46, but none of the other batsmen went past 30, with Eoin Morgan making 28. Talking about India’s new approach to limited-overs cricket, the fearless avatar of young Indian batsmen, Roy said that though it is something new for India, it is the policy for the England team post-2015.
“It has worked for us in 50 overs cricket, it worked for us in kind of 10 To20 games we’ve played. Our policy is to play aggressive cricket, but the problem is, when you’re playing on pitches like this you have to be a little bit more calculated. You have to assess it a bit quicker,” Roy said.
“If you’re wanting to play that way, you got to accept that some days it’s not going to go that way. You are going to be three-four down in a powerplay. But with the depth of our batting lineup, that’s the opportunity it gives to the top order batsmen,” Roy added.
England will look to bounce back against India in the third T20I which will also be played in Ahmedabad on March 16.