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Former South African pacesetter Dale Steyn has warned Rishabh Pant and “all the other guys in a similar position” about Ishan Kishan’s form. Steyn believes that Kishan will give Pant and others a fight for a spot on the Team 50-over format. The Bihar-born cricketer was in superb form in the second game of the recently concluded three-game ODI series against South Africa. He had 93 runs from 84 balls in the game. Kishan’s innings were laced with four fours and seven sixes.
During the knock, Kishan Anrich slammed Nortje for a four and later smacked him for back-to-back sixes in the same over. Impressed by his performance, Steyn praised the player and supported him in finding a place in the Indian team in the coming games as well.
“I actually played with him in IPL a long time ago when he was just a baby. We called him Justin Bieber because he was like that absolute rock star. I’ve seen him go and get better. For a short and short man, he packs an incredible punch. These sixes from (Anrich) Nortje are not small sixes. They are pure timing and brawn. And just the ability to recognize when to take on the bowler…he’s a great player and guys in Indian premium team Rishabh Pant and any other guys in a similar position will have their eyes on the back of their head and know that Ishan Kishan is coming for her place,” Steyn said after the third ODI at Star Sports.
Notably, Pant has not been part of the South African ODI series as he is currently preparing for the 2022 T20 World Championship with the Indian team in Australia.
Meanwhile, India defeated South Africa by 7 wickets in the third and crucial ODI game 2-1 at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday. India’s skipper for the series, Shikhar Dhawan, won the toss in the final match, choosing to bowl first. The bowlers proved his decision correct by bundling South Africa for 99 runs. Kuldeep Yadav shone with a four-wicket haul. Chasing a tenuous target, India finished in 19.1 overs thanks to Shubman Gill’s 49-run knock.
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