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Want to be part of all three formats, says Ishan Kishan
By SMCS - Jul 9, 2024 12:29 pm
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Talented wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan has expressed his desire to return to India across the three formats. Kishan was excluded from BCCI’s annual contract list and he has not featured in any India match since November 2023 as well. Kishan last played for India during the 5-match T20I series against Australia as well. He was named in India’s squad across all the formats for the South Africa tour, but he opted out citing personal reasons as well.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan played a handy knock

He also didn’t play in the domestic matches for Jharkhand which potentially irked the BCCI to keep him out of the central contract alongside Shreyas Iyer as well. Ishan Kishan applauded fellow wicket-keeper and batter Rishabh Pant for his return and his crucial role in India’s World Cup-winning campaign as well. However, he also understands the competition in the sport.

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“It was heartening to see Rishabh back in action. As far as competition goes, you love challenges and when you compete with all the quality cricketers, it enhances your game. And then when you make it, you feel like you have earned it. I know it’s not going to be easy. But I feel competition gives you that feeling of satisfaction. I enjoy it. I don’t take any stress about it,” Kishan told the Indian Express. “I see myself playing in all three formats. I have done well in T20Is, ODIs, and Tests as well. I want to be part of all three formats.”

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan

However, Ishan Kishan played for India in two Test matches, where he scored 78 runs, including one half-century as well. He has played 27 ODIs and scored 933 runs which came at an average of 42.40 with one century and seven fifties. In T20Is, Kishan has scored 796 runs in 32 matches at a strike rate of 124.37 with six fifties as well.

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“Keep myself fit and prepare for upcoming tournaments. I am not thinking too much about the future. I want to stay in the present. At this point in time, I am only focused on how to become a better and different player from what I was six months ago. I will work on a few innovative shots and on my wicket-keeping. These are the important things, rather than thinking about what happened in the past and what will happen in the future. I am waiting for the domestic season to kick off. I want to do well for Jharkhand and then let’s see,” Ishan Kishan concluded.