Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan said that playing in the middle order is a great opportunity and wants to make the most of it to win matches for India. Ishan was on the bench for the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at home. However, he got the opportunity to play against New Zealand after KL Rahul missed the white-ball series due to family reasons.
The 24-year-old scored the fastest double-century against Bangladesh. However, the team management felt that Shubman Gill would be a better opening partner with Rohit Sharma against Sri Lanka. In the absence of KL Rahul, the left-handed batter got an opportunity to bat in the middle of the order but scored only five runs off 14 deliveries in the first ODI against New Zealand in Hyderabad.
Overall, I See It As A Great Opportunity – Ishan Kishan
When asked by the host broadcaster about batting in the middle order, Ishan Kishan responded that this is a great opportunity for him to prove himself as a match-winner for India.
“I’m loving it as it’s a good opportunity for me to make runs and prove myself by making India win. Overall, I see it as a great opportunity,” Ishan Kishan said.
Strike Rotation Holds The Key Here – Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan mentioned that the ground in Raipur is very big and it is not easy to hit boundaries. He pointed out that strike rotation is key, as the ball doesn’t go to the boundaries often at this venue.
“It’s a massive ground; however, I feel it’s a plus point for the batters as there are gaps available even if the ball doesn’t go for boundaries often. Overall, it’s similar to the square boundaries and the plan is to pick the gaps well. If the ball is there to be hit straight, you will, but strike rotation holds the key here,” he ended.
The Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur is the 50th venue to host an ODI match in India, and it has only hosted IPL games. It is the fourth-largest stadium in the world and the third-largest in India, with a capacity of 50,000.