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“Ishan Kishan Understands The Moment”- Batting Coach Vikram Rathour Reveals Reason For Ishan Kishan’s Selection

Ishan Kishan’s journey at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has been far from ideal. He was selected as a versatile player, capable of filling various roles in the team – opener, wicketkeeper, and middle-order batsman. Preparing for a tournament with such a multifaceted role was always going to be a challenge. Furthermore, his unexpected inclusion in the starting XI for India’s opening match came about due to Shubman Gill’s unfortunate bout of dengue just two days before the tournament began.

India’s batting coach, Vikram Rathour, expressed confidence in Ishan’s adaptability, given his prior experience batting both at the top and in the middle order. “Ishan understands the moment. That was the reason he has been in the team. We knew that he could bat at the top of the order or in the middle order. So, no specific discussion on that. Just hoping that he comes good tomorrow (Wednesday),” Rathour mentioned.

He further emphasized the importance of trusting the players to execute their game plans in their own unique styles. While it may appear straightforward, it’s a more intricate challenge for Ishan Kishan, who now has limited time to make the necessary adjustments.

Ishan Kishan’s Versatility Makes Him An Asset For India

Ishan Kishan’s versatility as an opener, wicketkeeper, and middle-order batsman made him an asset in India’s World Cup squad. However, his last-minute inclusion as a replacement for the unwell Shubman Gill in the opening match added pressure to his already multifaceted role. Kishan’s adaptability, honed through previous experiences, has become an essential component of India’s strategy in the tournament.

The batting coach, Vikram Rathour, and the team management understand that each player has a unique style of play, and they encourage the players to back themselves and perform to their strengths. While this approach may seem simple, it becomes more complex when applied to a player like Ishan Kishan, who needs to transition seamlessly between different roles on short notice.

“We understand that everybody has a different way of playing and we trust that if they back themselves, we will achieve what we are looking to get,” he added while talking about the gameplan.

In the high-pressure environment of a World Cup, Ishan Kishan’s ability to handle this adaptability will be crucial to India’s success. With his past performances and the trust of the coaching staff, the team hopes that Ishan can rise to the occasion and make a significant impact in the upcoming matches.

Ishan Kishan will again take the crease as an opener for India in their game against Afghanistan. Hopefully, he will prove his worth and make up for the poor show he gave against Australia getting out on a first-ball duck of Mitchell Starc’s outswinger.

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