IND vs SL: Cannot ask for one position, have to be ready for every opportunity, says Ishan Kishan
IND vs SL: India batter Ishan Kishan said that he cannot take his position for granted and must be prepared for every opportunity that comes his way.
Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer both scored fifty runs as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 62 runs in the first T20I at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
“When you come to a level like this, playing for the Indian team, you have to be ready for every opportunity you get because there are so many players performing well and you cannot ask for one position,” said Ishan kishan during a virtual press conference.
“We have to be ready, prepare in the nets, watch our seniors who are doing well at that position, so that’s the way we learn. It’s not just that you go there and you get to open. You have to wait for your time but when you get it, you have to capitalise on it,” he added.
“After playing so much of cricket, we get used to this situation that tough times will come but it’s important to be neutral at that point of time. You don’t get very excited when you score too many runs and the same goes with when you don’t perform. So, you need to be in good space, talk to your seniors. As they are much more experienced than we are,” said the batter.
“It’s very helpful when I sit with Rohit Bhai when he comes to my room for conversation. So, I know that he believes in me and the coach believes in me. And I just go there to perform,” he added.
Ishan Kishan, speaking on the team’s strong performance, stated that they are concentrating on going for the shots rather than waiting for the proper moment.
“I think a meeting was about this that we are being predictable in coming games. And as we have played against big teams, we have been little predictable. Taking care of our wicket, thinking much about keeping wickets in hand. Then slogging in the second half of the innings. But right now it is very simple, all of us are so talented. That we have got the shots in our pocket and the captain and coach believe in us with what we have done in IPL. So we have just have to go there and play our game,” said Ishan Kishan.
“If the ball is there, we need to go for it, rather than just taking singles and waiting for the bowler to come. At this platform, it’s really important for you to move towards the ball, step out and keep the bowler thinking. So, that’s the thing we are currently focusing on,” he added.
India grabbed a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka with this 62-run victory. Both teams will now face off in the second Twenty20 International on Saturday.
Sri Lanka, chasing 200 runs, got off to the worst possible start, losing two wickets in three overs. As Sri Lanka battled in the chase, Bhuvneshwar dismissed both openers Pathum Nissanka and Kamil Mishara.
In the tenth over, Sri Lanka reached 50 runs, but they lost two more wickets. For the visitors, Charith Asalanka scored a fifty, but the asking rate was too high and Sri Lanka lost momentum.
Sri Lanka needed 102 runs in the final four overs to win the first T20I. However they were completely outplayed and lost by a large margin.