India’s young wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan has stated that he has always believed in playing an aggressive brand of cricket. His comments came after his stunning display in India’s second ODI against South Africa on Sunday, October 9.
Although Kishan missed his maiden ODI hundred by a narrow margin, he made headlines with his 84-ball 93-run knock. He hit seven sixes in his innings as India won the match by seven wickets with over 25 balls to spare while chasing 279 as well.
When he was asked about strike rotation, he said that he takes pride in smashing sixes comfortably and right from the start of his knock. Ishan Kishan revealed at the post-match press conference:
“You asked me about strike rotation. When I got out for 99 in an IPL game, we required five runs off two deliveries. If I thought about rotation during that situation, it would have been difficult to win.”
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“When it comes to strike rotation, few players have that strength, while others’ is to hit sixes. Not many can hit sixes as immediately as I can and I do it easily. That’s my strength and if my job gets done by hitting sixes, I don’t think much about strike rotation,” he added.
“Heard people talking about the fact that we are a B-side” – Ishan Kishan on India’s second-string side
Ishan Kishan also expressed that the comments about their inability to beat a full-strength South African team helped the do well in the second match as well. He also added that India’s batting unit should win them the series also.
“I heard people talking about the fact that we are a B-side and that we are not so capable of beating South Africa’s A side. I heard these comments and I was really upset about it, so we also wanted to play our A-game today. Also, because we lost the first game and wanted to win this one, we can fight in the next one.
Hopefully, we’ll win the next match as well. The kind of form Iyer is batting and Sanju bhai is batting [in]… Everyone is in their prime form, so [our] target is on the next game,” Ishan Kishan concluded.
The third and final match of the series will be played on Tuesday, October 11, in Delhi.