The wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan shot to fame leading India to the finals of the U19 World Cup in 2016. Since then, he has made rapid progress to play for India A but is yet to make his international debut.
The 21 years old cricketer from Jharkhand has played 41 First-class matches and 59 List A matches. He is currently playing against South Africa A at home. Ishan Kishan has impressed with scores of 37 in 32 balls, 55 in 24 balls and 40 in 41 balls. And now with Rishabh Pant striving for consistency, there are speculations from certain quarters to hand Ishan an international debut.
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However, Ishan Kishan doesn’t want to burden himself by overthinking about his India selection. He is aware of playing for India but doesn’t want to solely focus on that. The young cricketers knows this will put extra pressure on him and his performance will go down.
“I think it is obviously there in the back of the mind (the talk) that I have to be there in the senior team. Any youngster would want to represent the country. But at the same time, I want to focus on my process. I need to get better day-by-day. If I think a lot about senior team selection, I will only be burdening myself with additional pressure,” Kishan said to TOI.
The aggressive batsman has given regularly good performances in India A. He had also led the side in recent times and has shown maturity. Ishan Kishan has shown his abilities while plying his trade for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The cricketer from Jharkhand is aware that only performance can lead him to the national team and wants to focus more on consistency.
“So what I do is to keep the process going. I need to work on my consistency. When I play domestic matches or for India ‘A’, I have to keep on performing well and obviously then the selectors will pick you (to the national squad),” he concluded.