RANCHI: Ishan Kishan played a beautifully-paced innings to set the tone for India’s series-levelling win over South Africa in the second ODI here, then accepted there may have been some “shortcomings” on his part which have led to the 24-year-old missing the bus for the T20 World Cup.
“Obviously it’s a bad feeling when you are not part of a big tournament which will give you good exposure,” he said. “When you help your country win at a World Cup, that is a different feeling altogether. But I think there would have been some shortcomings that the selectors have noticed. Some improvements are required from my end and I think I can do better on those aspects. If I’ve hit 7-8 sixes today I know I have the capacity to hit 9-10 as well.”
Kishan played last year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE and also opened the batting against New Zealand. This time, coinciding with a run of poor form, he was kept out of the main squad for the T20 World Cup.
“Right now if you look at the team (for the T20 World Cup), everyone is doing really well. The batters, the middle order, the openers, they’re all doing really well and (they are) in form. So I’ll wait for my time. Next time, I want to have that confidence within me when my opportunity arrives. I feel I’ve prepared fully for it and I can help the team win. When that self-belief comes, I’ll say I’m ready for my place in the team,” he said.
The local hero was disappointed with the Shikhar Dhawan-led bunch being termed the India ‘B’ team. “I heard people say that we’re the ‘B’ side and we’re not capable of beating the South Africa ‘A’ side. I was really upset about it,” Kishan said. “So we also wanted to play our ‘A’ game today and because we lost the first game, we wanted to win this one. Hopefully we’ll win the next game also with the kind of form Iyer, Sanju bhai (Samson) are in,” he said.


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