The young Indian opener, Ishan Kishan scored the first three boundaries with thick outside edges and he has beaten 5 overs of India’s innings but he did not throw it away. He hung in there and yet did not shy away from trying his shots. Kishan’s breakthrough came in the 9th over when he delayed a cut shot to perfection off a Dwaine Pretorious length delivery and got it to race away past the point fielder.
Ishan Kishan brought out his best in the 13th over when he smashed left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj, for a couple of sixes and two fours in the first four deliveries. Kishan had smashed 76 off 48 balls to give India the perfect platform on which Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant would weave their magic to the hosts to 211 for 4 batting first. Unfortunately, David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen put on a show and made full use of the improving conditions in the second innings to lift South Africa to a 7-wicket win.
Talking about his known after the game, Ishan Kishan said, “I think they (Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul) are world-class players and I won’t ask for my support when they are there in the team. So my job here is to give my best in the practice session. Whenever I get my opportunity, I have to prove myself or do well for the team. So I focus more than that about my process about what I have to do here.”
The 23-year-old Jharkhand cricketer said he will never ask the team management to pick him ahead of the stalwarts like Rohit and Rahul, who have done so well for the country.
Explaining the same, Ishan Kishan said, “They have done so much. You know, scored so many runs for our country. I can’t ask them to drop them and make me play in the first place. Yeah I’ll keep doing my thing it’s up to selectors or other coaches whatever they think but my job is to you know just whenever I get my chance I will give my best.”
India and South Africa will travel to Cuttack for the second match of the series slated to take place on Sunday.