Left-handed batter Ishan Kishan is delighted to have received his maiden Team India Test call-up for the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The series will begin on February 9 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. He recalled his father Pranav Kumar Pandey’s first reaction on his maiden Test call-up.
In a video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Ishan Kishan spoke to Shubman Gill about his love for red-ball cricket. He expressed that his father always stressed Test cricket is the real deal. Ishan revealed that his father was overjoyed upon hearing the news of his test call-up.
“I broke the news to my family. My father was super pumped, he said ‘aise hi mehnat karna hai, aise hi practice karni hai (Keep working hard like this, keep practicing like this),‘ said Ishan Kishan.
“I am very happy. Whenever I was doing well in white-ball cricket my father used to say that Test cricket is the real deal. He says that Test has the real challenges, it tests the skills of batters and it is a big thing to play Test cricket,” Ishan spoke about his father’s reaction,” he added.
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I enjoy playing red-ball cricket: Ishan Kishan
Team India batter Ishan Kishan enjoys playing red-ball cricket. He expressed that in Test cricket, a person has enough time to score runs, and situations also keep changing every session. The wicket-keeper batter added that one needs to be sensible while playing the format. Speaking to Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan said,
“I am very happy to make it to the Test team because people perceive it as the real game. Will try hard to do well. I enjoy playing red-ball cricket. The red ball swings more than the white ball and there is a bit of sledging as well. You have enough time to score run; situations also fluctuated with every session.”
“I think in red ball, I bat at No 6 and situation is a bit different. You need to read the situation and instead of playing a wild shot, one needs to be more sensible. If the ball will be in my arc and the fielders will be up, I will go for the boundary,” he added.