He may have made a strong start to the T20I series against South Africa with an excellent half-century, but Ishan Kishan is not yet ready to position himself ahead of the slot standings once seniors Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are available. As India begins its preparations for the T20 World Cup scheduled to be played later this year, the selectors are trying different combinations and giving more opportunities to the youth as part of their efforts to create a larger pool of players to choose from.
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India and South Africa kicked off their five-game T20I series in the sweltering heat in Delhi on Tuesday night with a high-scoring match. Backed by Ishan’s 48-ball 76 and Hardik Pandya’s 12-ball 31*, the hosts put in a giant 212 for the win but South Africa chased it down with relative ease to win seven wickets and lead 1-0.
Ishan was impressive after a subpar IPL 2022 as he packed 11 fours and three sixes during his recreational ways. When asked about the possibility of losing his place in the eleven teams once the senior members are back in the fold, the 23-year-old replied, “They are world-class players. I wouldn’t ask for my place when they’re there. My job is to give my best in the training session.” Whenever I get the chance, I have to prove myself and do well for the team.. So I focus on my work and what I have to do.”
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“They scored so many goals for our country, I can’t ask them to give up on themselves and make me play in the first place. I have to keep doing my things, it’s up to the selectors and coaches whatever they think, but my job is to do my best whenever I get the chance. “. he added.
While India’s players gave a solid account in the absence of several first-choice stars, bowlers struggled quite a bit, especially in the deaths where they leaked a lot of kicks. However, Ishan did not point the finger at the bowlers and instead said that the team needs to look at all the mistakes they have made.
“We need to address the mistakes we made with the bowling division or if it was the field division, but not a single player, you know, makes us lose the game. So we will find out everything as a team,” he explained.
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