Ashish Nehra has said that Ishan Kishan has to score impactful knocks for India in T20Is. The former Indian pacer said that Ishan Kishan played at a good strike rate in IND vs SA series and score good knocks. But he needs to do that consistently. He also said that the left-handed batsman would want to convert his starts into big scores.
Kishan opened the innings for India in all the 5 games in IND vs SA series. He slammed 206 runs in 5 innings at an average of 41.20. He also held a good strike rate of 150+ and smacked 2 fifties in the series. He helped the team to get a good start.
It Won’t Be Easy For Ishan Kishan To Do That Consistently: Ashish Nehra
While speaking to Cricbuzz, cricketer-turned-commentator Ashish Nehra said that Ishan Kishan’s numbers have been good in the IND vs SA series but numbers don’t always tell the whole story.
“Ishan Kishan’s numbers have been good in this series, but numbers don’t always tell the whole story. He has played with a good strike rate too, but it won’t be easy for a player like him to do that consistently, especially in T20Is. But the runs he scores have to be impactful. He scored 76 runs in the first game, but he didn’t look that comfortable. He would want to convert his starts into big scores,” Ashish Nehra said.
Although Ishan Kishan is a powerful opening batsman and wicketkeeper, he is not the first-choice player in both the categories in T20Is currently. For the openers, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are the first choice openers for India currently in the shortest format. For the wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant is the primary choice currently.
Meanwhile, India vs South Africa T20I series ended in a tie 2-2 after the series-decider 5th T20I was washed out due to rain. South Africa the first two games by 7 and 4 wickets respectively. India won the next two matches by 48 runs and 82 runs respectively. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was awarded the player of the series award.