Last Update on: October 10th, 2022 at 10:42 am
The 24-year-old India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan has said that he smashes sixes effortlessly and very few can hit sixes as early as him while batting.
Ishan Kishan was at his absolute best in the second ODI of the three-match series against the South Africa National Cricket Team at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Sunday, October 9.
He and Shreyas Iyer displayed a batting masterclass and had a stellar 161-run partnership in the match. Kishan fell 7-run short of a well-deserved century and got dismissed at the score of 93 runs off 84 balls. However, Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten and smashed a terrific century to help India win by 7 wickets and level the series 1-1.
At the post-match press conference, Ishan Kishan clearly said that his strength is to hit maximums and hence he doesn’t concentrate a lot on rotating the strike.
“Rotate karne ki jaha tak baat hai toh wo kuch players ka strength hota hai, kini ka strength hota hai chhakka marna. Toh mere jaisa koi chhakka bhi itni jaldi nahi maar sakta, main bohut asaani se maarta hu. Wo mera strength hai. Toh agar main chhakke se hi kar leta hu kaam toh rotate ka utna sochta nahi hu. (Some players have the strength to rotate the strike, my strength is to hit sixes. I hit sixes effortlessly and not many can do that. If I do the job by hitting sixes, there’s no need to think about rotating the strike much),” Kishan said at the post-match media interaction.
Bohot se aise innings ayenge jaha pe rotation bhi zaroori hoga – Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan, however, admitted that there will be times when the entire focus needs to be on rotating the strike and one needs to practice for that as well.
“But ha bohut se aise innings ayenge jaha pe rotation bhi zaroori hoga, jaha pe wickets pahle girr gaye honge toh uske lie bhi practice karna zaroori hai but agar strength chhakka hai aur ball hai maarne layak toh maaro chhakka. (If your strength is hitting sixes then go for it, what’s the need of rotating the strike just for the sake of it. But yes there will be time when rotating the strike would be key with wickets falling at the other end),” Kishan said.
Kishan, who got dismissed at the score of 93 while trying to hit a boundary in the second ODI, said that he doesn’t think about his individual score when playing for India National Cricket Team.
“Obviously rotation is very important. Seven runs, I could have taken in singles and gone for the century but I never go into a zone where I’ve to play for myself. If I think of my individual score when representing my country, then I’m letting down the fans,” he added.
This was not the first time that Kishan has got dismissed in the 90s as in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, the Mumbai Indians (MI) wicketkeeper-batter got dismissed for 99 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) during the run-chase.
“We needed five off two balls and I got out for 99 in the IPL. If I thought about rotating the strike, then it would have been difficult to win,” he said.
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