Ishan Kishan aims for a comeback to the Indian team – “I see myself playing in all three formats”

Ishan Kishan

Indian wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan is determined to reclaim his spot in the national team across all three formats. Despite missing out on the BCCI central contract, Kishan remains resolute in his pursuit of representing India in T20Is, ODIs, and Tests.

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Kishan was left off the BCCI’s annual contract list, and he hasn’t featured in any India match since November 2023. His last appearance was during the 5-match T20I series against Australia. However, he opted out of the South Africa tour due to personal reasons, missing domestic matches for Jharkhand as well.

Kishan acknowledges the competitive nature of cricket. Fellow wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant made a successful comeback, but Kishan understands that every spot in the playing XI is fiercely contested. Sanju Samson and Dhruv Jurel are also vying for the wicketkeeper’s role.

“It was heartening to see Rishabh back in action. As far as competition goes, you love challenges and when you compete with all the quality cricketers, it enhances your game. And then when you make it, you feel like you have earned it. I know it’s not going to be easy. But I feel competition gives you that feeling of satisfaction. I enjoy it. I don’t take any stress about it,” Kishan said.

“I see myself playing in all three formats. I have done well in T20Is, ODIs, and Tests as well. I want to be part of all three formats,” he added.

Kishan envisions himself playing in all three formats. His track record includes two Test matches (78 runs), 27 ODIs (933 runs, including one century and seven fifties), and 32 T20Is (796 runs at a strike rate of 124.37, with six fifties). He aims to keep himself fit, work on innovative shots, and enhance his keeping skills.

“Keep me fit and prepare for upcoming tournaments. I am not thinking too much about the future. I want to stay in the present. At this point in time, I am only focused on how to become a better and different player from what I was six months ago. I will work on a few innovative shots and on my wicket-keeping.”

“These are the important things, rather than thinking about what happened in the past and what will happen in the future. I am waiting for the domestic season to kick off. I want to do well for Jharkhand and then let’s see,” he said.

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