India vs South Africa: Ishan Kishan’s fiery response to strike rotation criticism

Shikhar Dhawan-led Team India leveled the ongoing three-game ODI streak against South Africa when they defeated 209 at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan played shots of 113* and 93 respectively as India recorded a comfortable seven-wicket win with 25 balls remaining. Shreyas and Kishan sewed together a streak of 161 runs for the fourth wicket and that partnership established India’s victory. In the end, Shreyas (113*) and Sanju Samson (30*) remained undefeated for the hosts.

After the 2nd ODI, Ishan Kishan addressed a post-match press conference where he spoke about the win and his mindset.

“We always try to learn. Whenever we feel we can put our mistakes aside, but with the standard of cricket we play we have a lot to learn. On the days when we’re playing well, we analyze our mistakes and try to find them and figure out how we can get better. I missed my hundreds but 93 was also good to add to the team. You feel bad when you miss hundreds, but next time I’m in a similar situation, I’ll try not to miss the hundreds,” Kishan said.

“When it comes to turning the shot, some players have their strength in turning the shot. Some players have the strength to hit big shots. Not many people can hit sixes like me, I can do that easily. Sixes to hitting is my strength when I can get my job done by big shots, I don’t think about turning the shot then there would be times when I would have to turn the shot so practicing is also paramount.But if the ball is there and my strength is six so I shouldn’t force myself to turn the shot,” he added.

Kishan tried to hit another six as he missed his first ODI century by just seven runs.

But the southpaw said if the ball was there to be hit he would go after it as runs are more important to the team than individual milestones.

“Rotation is important in cricket today. It comes to mind that ‘I’ve got seven runs out of a hundred and I should get it by singles’. But I’ve never played my cricket like that. When the ball’s there, I go after that. I never go into that zone where I’m just thinking about my runs. When I’m playing for India and thinking about my runs, I disappoint the fans.”


When asked about his thoughts on missing the T20 World Cup squad, Kishan said: “Obviously not being part of the squad for a big tournament makes you feel bad, when you make your team there it’s a proud feeling. But I think there were some areas where I would be lacking and the instructors and coaches would have recognized those. I also feel that there is room for improvement and I know I can do a lot better.”

“I know this is my best performance, I can do better. There are a lot of players in our main squad who are in good form. I’ll bid my time and it’s about me having that confidence when I always come this opportunity,” he added.

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