Ishan Kishan produced a jaw-dropping performance in the second ODI against South Africa. After coming out in the middle in a tricky run chase, he batted brilliantly alongside Shreyas Iyer to avoid any further loss.
The left-handed batter built his innings with patience before activating his beast mode and hitting bowlers all-round the park. Kishan smashed 93 off just 84 balls, including 4 fours and 7 sixes. Though he missed his century, he was applauded by the masses.
Notably, Kishan is not part of India’s T20 World Cup squad as the likes of KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik have been preferred over him. He was made the backup opener in the side post the 2021 T20 World Cup but gradually lost that spot.
Obviously you feel bad: Ishan Kishan
In the post-match conference, when asked about missing out on India’s squad for the showpiece event, the Ranchi-based batter replied with a positive approach. He said that obviously one would like to participate in such a big event but he also accepts the decision of the selectors.
“Obviously you feel bad when you are not part of the squad for a big tournament, if you make your team there, it is a proud feeling. But I think there would be some areas where I would be lacking and the selectors and coaches would have spotted those. I also feel improvement can be done and I know I can get a lot better,” Kishan said.
The 24-year-old also believes he can do better and will wait for his opportunity. He would like to head forward with self confidence.
“I know this is my best performance, I can do better. There are a lot of players in our main team who are in good form. I will wait for my time, and it is about me having that self-belief whenever I get that opportunity,” he added.
With India’s win on Sunday (October 9), the ODI series is now tied at 1-1. The final encounter will be played on Tuesday (October 11) before the marquee event’s fever takes over.