India may have started their five-game T20I streak against South Africa with a loss but there were positives in the way they fought on the surface of the challenging first rounds. One of them is Ishaan Kishan, who scored 76 out of 48 deliveries.
The 23-year-old who had an average IPL 2022 with Indian Mumbai helped India establish a base for a big first-round aggregate, the highest in Kotla’s T20Is. But at the start of the innings, the run did not go smoothly for the Indian opening match.
“I think we knew at first that a wicket was not easy to start with and it would be difficult for the batsman who would come after me,” Kishan said. “My plan was just to target the loose balls because in T20 the powerplay is also very important and we needed to put pressure on the bowlers.”
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– BCCI (BCCI) June 9, 2022
It was pivotal that Kishan and his opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad made the run in the powerplay. Although bass players Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje present ball challenges, Kishan continued to find ways to push the boundaries every now and then. Gaikwad and Kishan added 51 times during Powerplay.
“They did really well for their country,” Kishan said of Rabada and Nortjee. “My plan was to keep them at the back, and keep playing my shots so they also think and move their streak and height.” Kishan was also asked about how he handles his hit in T20I, given that full-time captain Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul may be India’s first choice in this format.
“I think they are world-class players and I wouldn’t ask where I am when they are there on the team,” he said.
“They scored a lot of goals for our country. I will continue to do my thing. It is up to the selectors or the coaches, whatever they think. My job is that whenever I get the chance, I will do my best.”
Kishan was India’s top scorer that night, scoring his third T20I 50 in his eleventh match for India. Having started the series well off the bat, with a focus on the T20 World Cup later this year, Kishan was looking to make the most of the remaining four games.