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Ishan Kishan careful not to show ‘youthful’ qualities while making Test debut


Ishan Kishan is known for his big shots. He loves him so much that he hit a boundary on the very first ball he played in ODI and T20I cricket. But now, having been brought into India’s Test team, he knows the importance of playing within and not succumbing to what he calls the “trait of youth”.

Talking to teammate Shubman Gill on the BCCI website, Kishan said, ‘I think about [hitting] Fours and sixes but there is a lot of difference between white ball and red ball cricket. In white ball, if you come down to bat at No.4. 6 No swing. But with the red ball, bowlers use swing and you have to use your head instead of showing the characteristics of your youth.”

India will be without their first-choice wicketkeeper for the upcoming Border-Gavaskar series against Australia with Rishabh Pant in rehab after a serious car accident. So they face a choice between Sreekar Bharath, one of the safest hands behind the stumps in the country, and Kishan, the most attacking batsman they have, although he admits he needs to up his game to be successful. may need to be moderated. Longest format.

“With experience, I know it’s not about fours and sixes [in red-ball cricket] But about getting the team in a good position,” Kishan said. “If the ball is in my zone and the ground is up, I will try. But if the bowling is good then I will respect that.

“I think the position I bat at – No.6 – in the longer format, it’s very important [for me] to read the status. If we are not in good position and if I play shots in a hurry, it will frustrate the team.”

After the men’s T20 World Cup last year, Kishan toured New Zealand with the T20I team and played just one ODI in Bangladesh – where he scored a double century. He opened the batting in the T20Is at home against Sri Lanka, but could not make it to the playing XI in the ODIs. Along the way, he also represented Jharkhand in the Ranji Trophy, where he scored a century at No.6 against Kerala.

Kishan said he enjoys playing against the red ball and the challenges that come with it. “When I was playing white-ball cricket, my father used to say that Tests are the real deal where batsmen are challenged and their skills are tested. Playing Test cricket is a big deal. I came to know that I was very happy with the selection in the Indian Test team and called home [to give the news], because there are so many good players… Test cricket is supposed to bring out your real skill and real game. If given a chance, I will try to win matches for India.

“I like playing with the red ball. There’s a bit of swing, there’s sledging and there’s a lot of time. [there is] No pressure to score runs. Situations are sometimes easy and sometimes difficult. So I enjoy all those scenarios in Ranji Trophy.”

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