Being Ishan Kishan is not difficult. In T20 cricket, he is the preferred backup opener to Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul for the Indian team. Despite this, he is the one that is generally the one who conducts a large number of matches.
Because of their hectic schedules, neither Rohit nor Rahul are always available. In the case of the ongoing series against South Africa, Ishan would have to fill in for both Rohit and Rahul, who are both injured.
The Indian team is considering switching from their conservative approach to T20 hitting. Only 5 months remain until the T20 World Cup. And Ishan Kishan has emerged as the image of India’s ultra-aggressive batting style, which it hopes to employ in the World Cup.
Ishan must set the tone for the rest of the team for them to deliver a strong finish. He must ensure that he scores enough runs to avoid falling off the radar as well.
In a match against a full-strength South African attack on Thursday night, his weaknesses against the new ball came into prominence. Ishan has a history of failing to go for the big hit despite having already ensured a huge over. His 76 off 48 balls at Kotla demonstrated the type of cricket India needs to play: all-out attack, like many other successful international teams, do.
‘I think Rohit and Rahul are world-class players’: Ishan Kishan
Ishan is getting used to his new position, but he understands he isn’t the first choice.
“I believe they (Rohit and Rahul) are world-class players, and I will not demand a berth in the team if they are.” “I can’t ask players to drop themselves and let me perform in the first place since they’ve achieved so many runs for our country,” Ishan said at the post-match press conference on Thursday night.
“In this practice session, my job is to give it my all.” I have to establish myself or do well enough for the team whenever the chance presents itself. I concentrate more on my tasks. Whatever the selectors and coaches think is up to them.”
On Sunday, June 12, India and South Africa will play the second T20I of their five-match series. The game is set to take place at Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium.