I can’t ask them to drop themselves and give me the place: Ishan Kishan scoffs at opener debate for team India


Ishan Kishan scored a resilient 76 runs after a tough start to the match. His innings paved the way for India to score their highest runs in Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

Ishan Kishan lifts his bat after scoring half century. (Courtesy: BCCI/PTI)


  • India lost the match by seven wickets against South Africa
  • Ishan Kishan lit up at the back end of his innings
  • South Africa chased the record target down in 19.1 overs

India opener Ishan Kishan scoffed at the possibility of becoming the first choice opener for India after a resilient performance in India’s loss against South Africa in the first T20I of the five-match series.

Playing in a tricky Delhi track that seamed and gripped at the same time in the first few overs, Ishan went through a tormenting phase of play, failing to put bat to ball. However, after the initial struggle, Kishan lit up Arun Jaitley Stadium, clearing boundaries at will managing to put 76 off 48 balls.

Kishan, who has been touted as the most intent filled opener that the country has, scoffed at the suggestion that he should be asking for his place in the starting line-up after back to back performances in national colours, and said that it would quite ridiculous to go to the likes of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma and ask them to step down.

“They are world class players. I won’t ask for my spot when they are there. My job is to give my best in the practice session. Whenever I get the opportunity, I have to prove myself and do well for the team.. So I focus on my process and what I have to do,” Ishan said in the press conference after the match.

“They have scored so many runs for our country, I cannot ask them to drop themselves and make me play in the first place. I have to keep doing my thing, it’s up to the selectors and the coaches whatever they think, but my job is to give my best whenever I get my chance.” he further added.

Ishan assessed the match conditions and said that South Africa were lucky to get a good batting wicket in the second innings and that they did very well to hit the Indian bowlers. India put on a record number of runs in the first innings but failed to keep the duo of David Miller and Rassie van der Dusse quiet, losing the game by 7 wickets and five balls remaining.

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