When Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are in the team, Ishan Kishan says “I Would Not Ask For A Spot”
India vs. South Africa: Ishan Kishan scored 76 runs in the first T20I against South Africa to help India record 211/4.
When India produced 211/4 in 20 overs against South Africa in the first T20I at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, few expected the Proteas to win, but David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen led the visitors to victory with seven wickets in hand and five balls to spare. For South Africa, Miller and van der Dussen had put on a 131-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Ishan Kishan declared in a meeting
“Miller is in excellent form right now, I know it wasn’t easy, the boundary was small, and the pitch was improving. It wasn’t like the first innings when the ball was seaming and not coming onto the bat correctly, but it wasn’t the same in the second innings. We’ll devise a strategy for these two (Miller and Rassie van der Dussen). I know how difficult it is to stop Miller once he gets going. At the same time, it makes things easy for the batter on the other side. They made incredible shots, and we need to figure out where we went wrong. They are world-class players, and we must credit them as well “During a news conference, Ishan Kishan said
South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl first in the first T20I between India and South Africa. Ishan Kishan and Ruturaj Gaikwad combined for 57 runs for the first wicket. Gaikwad was dismissed after scoring 23, but Kishan went on to score 76 runs.
“We knew going in that the wicket would be difficult to get going, and that the batters coming in first down or second down would have a difficult time. My strategy was to go after the loose balls because in a T20 game, powerplay overs are crucial and you need to put pressure on the bowlers. Our strategy was to take each ball one at a time. We must respect the good balls; Nortje and Rabada are seasoned bowlers who have performed admirably for their country. My strategy was to keep them on the back foot by continuing to play my shots and forcing them to adjust their line and length “Ishan Kishan stated.
“I believe they are world-class players, and I would not ask for a berth in the team if they (Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul) are in it. My role in the practice session is to give it my all. Whenever the opportunity arises, how do I demonstrate my worth and contribute to the team? As a result, I concentrate more on that. I can’t beg to be dropped and forced to play because they’ve scored so many runs for the country. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing; it’s up to the selectors and coaches to decide. My job is to give it my all whenever I have the opportunity “He went on to say.
Shreyas Iyer had dropped Rassie van der Dussen’s catch, but Ishan Kishan insisted that a team does not lose because of one player and that the squad must look at what went wrong as a bowling unit.
“I don’t believe we lose a game because of one individual. We need to figure out whether we made mistakes as a bowling department or as a fielding department. It’s never a single player you recognize who causes us to lose a game. I understand that catches win games, but we also need to improve our bowling department’s planning so that we can return stronger in the future.
On Sunday, India and South Africa will face a battle in the second Twenty20 International in Cuttack.