India’s young wicket-keeper, Ishan Kishan has received his maiden call-up to the Test squad in 2023. Kishan was picked in the Test side for the first couple of Tests against Australia, a series that is set to start in February 2023. An elated Kishan spoke to Shubman Gill about the moments of his call-up and revealed how his father was hyped up about his selection. Kishan spoke in detail in a video uploaded by the BCCI and explained his love for longer forms of the game.
Revealing his father’s reactions, Ishan Kishan said, “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. I am very happy to make it to the Test team, because people perceive it as the real game. I will try hard to do well.”
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Revealing the conversation, Ishan Kishan said, “I called home and told them the news. My dad was hyped up and told me to work hard like this.”
Since Ishan Kishan scored his double century against Bangladesh in the ODIs, he has witnessed an increase in his share. The batter went back to Ranji cricket and got some game time before he was called up for the Australia Test matches. The batter spoke about his position and why he has a more mature approach toward the red ball.
Talking about his time in Ranji trophy, Ishan Kishan said, “I love playing with the red ball. The ball swings a little, people sledge, you have time and there is less pressure and that is why I love playing. In my batting position at Tests, it is important to understand the situation. If I go in the middle and play like I usually do (hitting bog shots), that would let down the team.”
With a little chuckle, Ishan Kishan further explained, “I have the experience now that rather than hitting sixes, you try to get the team in a good position by playing sensibly. There’s a big difference in white and red ball cricket. In white ball the ball does not swing that much, but with red ball you have to use your brains more and you cannot keep showing off your youngster enthusiasm.”