The young Indian batter, Ishan Kishan returned to the playing XI during India’s first ODI clash against New Zealand after missing out on the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. The youngster scored just five runs while batting at no.4 but seems happy to continue in the middle order. He said that playing in the middle order is a good opportunity to score runs.
The 24-year-old southpaw made the headlines after smashing 210 off 131 against Bangladesh in the third ODI last month. But he was snubbed for the ODIs against Sri Lanka this month with captain Rohit Sharma returning from his injury. However, he got the chance in the first ODI against New Zealand in Hyderabad with Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul missing the series.
During a recent chat with the broadcasters, Ishan Kishan said, “I’m loving it as it’s a good opportunity for me to make runs and prove myself by making India win. Overall, I see it as a great opportunity.”
Shubman Gill has been doing well as an opener in India’s ODI squad with consistently big knocks. He scored a double century in the first ODI against New Zealand and is likely to be India’s first-choice opener alongside Rohit in the 2023 ODI World Cup.
With Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul doing well in the middle order after Virat Kohli at number three, it will be tough for Kishan to gain a regular spot in the middle order. Regardless of his double century in Bangladesh, he has not been consistent enough to grab the spot for the World Cup.
Kishan will be looking to earn a name for himself a big impact in the second ODI against New Zealand in Raipur on January 21. The wicketkeeper-batter reckons that Raipur’s stadium has massive boundaries and it will be crucial to rotate the strike instead of going for big shots.