India vs England: I don’t mind playing anywhere, important to understand my role, says Ishan Kishan

Mumbai Indians star Ishan Kishan said he is open to play at any position in the star-studded India line-up in the ongoing T20I series against England, adding he understands the importance of being versatile and contributing to the team’s success.

Ishan Kishan was handed a maiden India call-up for the T20I series following his consistent performances in the Indian Premier League 2020 and the domestic white-ball tournaments. Ishan played as an opener and also batted in the middle-order for Mumbai Indians, scoring 516 runs in 14 matches. He was striking at over 145 and stood up in the absence of Rohit Sharma who missed a couple of games due to injury concerns during their title-winning campaign.

Leading Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy before he joined Team India in Ahmedabad, Ishan had hit a match-winning 173 against Madhya Pradesh in the tournament opener.

Ishan, 22, understands the difficulty of making it to to the playing XI in the star-studded India team. Ishan along with his Mumbai Indians teammate Suryakumar Yadav warmed the bench during the first T20I which India lost by 8 wickets.

“It’s always difficult to make it to the team, but that’s how it’s always been. I don’t mind playing anywhere, having switched between playing in the middle and top order in my career so far,” Ishan told Wisden. “I feel more confident to play under pressure and I think the various domestic formats, India A games help you do well in that situation.”

‘As often as I can, I look to clear the fence’

Ishan Kishan, who was consistent with his big-hitting display in the IPL 2020, said he would look to understand the situation of the game but insisted he would stick to his natural game of hitting them out of the park.

“How I play depends on the situation of the game and team composition. Sometimes you’re required to accelerate in fifth gear from ball one, if it’s a flat track or if you’re chasing a big score. You’re expected to get your eye in and take your team across if it’s a low total, so it depends on the situation.

“As a player, it’s also important to know your role and play according to that for the success of the team. But as often as I can, I look to clear the fence,” ishan added.

With Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul playing in the XI, it remains to be seen if and when India will play Ishan, who is primarily a wicketkeeper-batsman. India take on England in the 2nd of the 5-match T20I series on Sunday, March 14 in Ahmedabad.

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