The team management’s decision to give Ishan Kishan a chance in the playing-11 in place of Shikhar Dhawan in the second T20 against England has worked. In his debut T20, Jharkhand captain Kishan scored 56 runs in 32 balls with the help of five fours and four sixes. He became the second Indian to put a fifty in Debut T20 after Ajinkya Rahane. In this innings, Kishan shot shots around the field and showed that he has come to spend a long time in international cricket. His innings has raised alarm bells for many players.
It includes Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. Going ahead in Pant and Kishan, there can be strong competition to make a place in Team India. Because both are basically wicketkeeper batsmen. Both play aggressive cricket and have the ability to win matches on their own. If Ishan Kishan pays more attention to the strong aspects of his game, then he can go above Pant.
Ishan Kishan and Pant’s style of play may be the same. But Kishan’s strength is to bat aggressively with intelligence. He also showed it in the debut T20 against England. Even after the team’s first wicket fell on zero runs, they did not panic and made a big partnership of 94 runs for the second wicket with captain Virat Kohli. On the one hand, he reduced the pressure on captain Kohli by playing big shots and on the other hand, he kept rotating the strike with one run. Because of this, English bowlers were not able to execute their plan. The way he played sensible innings in his first match, if he keeps it even further, then no one can stop him from going ahead of Pant.
Kishan’s greatest strength was to bat at any number
This batsman of Mumbai Indians has great strength and he can bat at any number than Pant. The 22-year-old Kishan has played at the number-3 along with the opening for the Mumbai Indians. Apart from this, in domestic cricket too, he has started the innings for Jharkhand. Ishan scored 516 runs in 14 matches, playing for Mumbai Indians in the last season of IPL. He was the top scorer of his team.
It was because of his batting that Mumbai Indians managed to win the IPL title for the fifth time. Even before the Debut T20, Kishan said that it is not easy to make a place in Team India. If he gets a chance, he can bat at any number. Their flexibility in batting can not only help the team but also their work and can give them more opportunities in the future.
Kishan improved the game of offside in the last 2 years
Kishan’s third strength is his style of playing short ball. He also showed it in the debut T20 against England. Joffra Archer, Sam and Tom Curran bowled a lot of short balls to them. But each time Kishan sent the ball across the boundary. He scored 15 runs playing the pull shot alone. His skills in white-ball cricket can come from the team.
Kishan has improved his batting considerably within two years. He used to play more on the leg side earlier. But from the last IPL, he started playing on the offside. He has got the benefit of this and this is the fourth biggest strength of his game, with the help of which he has emerged as a better batsman.
He also proved it in the first T20. Like Abu Dhabi, the square boundary was much longer in Ahmedabad. In such a situation, he played more shots between Deep Midwicket and Wide Long-On without playing a shot in his favourite area. He scored 25 in this area while 16 in the square area. This shows how much he has improved in his overall game.
Kishan scored 21 off Rashid’s 10 ball
Like Pant, Kishan also knows how to play spinners. He plays both sweep and reverses sweep shots well. He made good use of it against England leg-spinner Adil Rashid in the first T20. Kishan scored 21 runs off Rashid’s 10 balls.
It also includes two sixes. Kishan has also performed well as a wicketkeeper. He has made 88 catches and 9 stumpings in 77 matches in List-A cricket. Apart from this, the Jharkhand wicketkeeper has done 46 catches and seven stumpings in 96 T20s. If Kishan continues to work on these strengths, then in the future, he can become a bigger player than Pant and can play for Team India for years.