Ishan Kishan finds batting both as an opener and at number three simultaneously enjoyable, with his recent success in the number three position following his impressive back-to-back fifties against Australia.

Ishan Kishan’s recent shift to the number three position in T20 cricket brought newfound joy after his stellar performance as an opener against Australia. Known traditionally for opening in Indian white-ball cricket, his move to the middle order during the Asia Cup 2023 persisted in the ongoing T20I series.

In the first match, he scored 58 runs, showcasing versatility by quickly amassing 30 runs off 10 balls against Tanveer Sangha. In the second match, his aggressive batting added a swift 52 off 32 balls to India’s formidable 235/4 total, forming a crucial partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad, and setting a strong foundation for India’s innings.

Kishan, speaking to Jio Cinema, expressed his enjoyment in batting at number three, highlighting its similarity to opening. He stressed that this role allows him to assess the game and adjust his approach accordingly.

Discussing his partnership with Gaikwad, Kishan mentioned effective communication, targeting bowlers based on their strengths through good on-field communication, and enhancing the team’s performance.

“I think it’s fun batting at opening and first down at the same time. Because, you know, at least you know the situation when you are batting at one down, You know what game you have to play, what situation it is. Because initially, it was not easy for the batsman to go in and start rotating the strike,” he said.

“Like I also struggled a bit in the beginning. But you know, the communication was very good with Rutu as we were targeting bowlers. And at the same time, when I did not feel like going to a certain bowler, I asked him to go for it. So that is what makes the team different when you communicate pretty good in the middle and you know you target bowlers,” Kishan added.

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Last Updated on November 27, 2023

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