Ishaan Kishan played 20 balls in the first Test against the West Indies.
Rohit Sharma is very impressed with Ishaan Kishan’s wicketkeeping.
port of Spain. Indian captain Rohit Sharma has high hopes from young wicketkeeper batsman Ishaan Kishan. He indicated that he would be given more chances in Test cricket to hone his skills. Ishaan made his debut in the First Test against the West Indies at Roseau, which India won by an innings and 141 runs. Rohit said that he is very impressed with Ishan Kishan’s wicketkeeping in front of spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
The Indian team will play the second Test from Thursday (July 20). Asked about Ishaan’s performance in the first Test, Rohit said, “Ishaan is very talented. We have seen this in his short career. He has recently scored 200 runs in ODI cricket. He has talent and we have to groom him.” He said, “We have to give them opportunities. He is a left-handed batsman and plays aggressive cricket.
Impress Rohit with Ishaan’s wicketkeeping
He said, “I have spoken openly to him about how I want to see him play. I have given them complete freedom. This is also our job. By the time India declared the first innings, Ishaan could play only 20 balls. Rohit said that he was very impressed with Ishaan’s wicketkeeping, especially when the ball was taking turn.
‘Not easy to keep wicket in front of Ashwin and Jadeja’
He said, “I would like to talk about his wicketkeeping. Despite playing the first Test, he did excellent wicketkeeping. Wicketkeeping in front of Ashwin and Jadeja on a turn-taking pitch was not easy. I am very impressed with him.
‘Ishaan is also ready to play long innings if given a chance’
The Indian captain said, “He could score only one run because we had to declare the innings. We want the top-order batsmen to bat for a long time. If given a chance, Ishaan is also ready to play long innings.
Rohit does not want to change the winning combination
Rohit denied major changes in the winning team, but said that there is no clarity about the pitch due to bad weather here. India won the first test by a big margin in which Yashasvi Jaiswal also made his debut and Shubman Gill came down to bat in the new order. Rohit said, “We knew about the pitch in Dominica. There is talk of rain here, so nothing is known. There will be no huge changes in the team, but we will take a decision according to the situation.
Praising Yashasvi Jaiswal, who scored 171 runs in the first match, he said, “Today or tomorrow there will be a period of change in Indian cricket. I am happy that the new players are doing well. Our job is to make them understand about their role. Now it is their responsibility to prepare and perform well. He said, “We have faith in them and they are the future of Indian cricket, who will take Indian cricket to new heights.”
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 19, 2023, 14:05 IST