Veteran Team India spinner R Ashwin has applauded keeper-batter Ishan Kishan by pointing out how he has used most of his opportunities on the national side. Ashwin also added that while Kishan has had to wait for his chance, he has performed well whenever he has found a place in the playing XI.
“In my formative years in 2009 when I joined the squad, I used to be a waterboy in the initial years. I didn’t get many chances in the playing XI. Those years are really important for learning as a player. Ishan Kishan has been on the bench for so many years now. He scored a double hundred against Bangladesh in ODIs. He has performed well whenever he has gotten an opportunity. He will be in the squad, but won’t be in the playing XI consistently. He is an outstanding guy. He is a jolly person, and will always be ready for anything. Whenever Ishan Kishan has gotten opportunities in the white-ball formats, he has used them really well. Even in the last Test match when he got an opportunity to bat higher up the order, he score a quick-fire half-century. Ishan Kishan has been a wonderful kid,” he said on his YouTube channel.
However, Ishan Kishan has impressed everyone with his stunning show on the ongoing tour of the West Indies. He scored his maiden Test half-century, smashing a 52*-run knock in the second Test. He was the top performer with the bat in the three-match ODI series, hitting fifties in all the fixtures and finishing with 184 runs at an average of 61.33 as well.
“If any player is playing, he will first take the gloves of the player and be ready. He will arrange their bats if they require a change at any point. He will make all the players feel comfortable around him. He will entertain all the players in the dressing room. He doesn’t have one negative energy in his body. He is the embodiment of positivity,” R Ashwin concluded.