The young Indian wicket-keeper batter, Ishan Kishan has shared his views on comparison with fellow teammate Shubman Gill ahead of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand starting January 18, 2023. After Rohit Sharma had preferred Shubman Gill for the opener’s slot over Ishan for the series against Sri Lanka, there was quite a bit of hullabaloo regarding the same.
Ishan Kishan, however, has a different approach to the same. During a chat with Star Sports, Ishan Kishan said, “I just can’t go there and ask for an opening slot because we know how much competition is going on with everyone doing well for the team. So now that I may get the opportunity in the middle order, I will look to help my team win from those tough situations.”
Will he taste success in his new batting position?
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Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the ODI leg of the New Zealand series owing to a back injury and since there is no Kl Rahul in the squad, Ishan Kishan will be playing in the middle-order throughout the ODI series.
Talking about his batting position, Ishan Kishan said, “I think it is a good opportunity for me to prove myself in the middle order. I know people think that I am good as an opener, but I want to prove myself at No. 4 or No. 5 and take my team out of a tough situation. If the team is in a good situation, then I want to go out there and play my shots.”
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
New Zealand (Playing XI): Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner