"People take me as a T20 player but...."- Ishan Kishan opens up after being dropped from playing XI in 1st ODI vs SL
The first ODI between India and Sri Lanka is underway at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati. The visitors won the toss and put India to bat first. However, India's playing XI raised some eyebrows. The double centurion from the last ODI against Bangladesh, Ishan Kishan, was dropped from the playing XI.
Shubman Gill opened the inning for India along with skipper Rohit Sharma. Notably, Kishan scored the fastest ODI double century in just 128 balls in the last ODI. Despite that, he couldn't make it into the playing XI.
Many former cricketers, experts, analysts, and fans couldn't digest that the man who made a world record was dropped in the second game. However, Ishan himself would be feeling unhappy about the same. In a recent interview, the left-hander opened up about his exclusion from the playing XI and said that he is ready to serve India in all three formats.
Ishan said, "People used to look at me as a T20 player because of my big hits. But the double century was very important, because I wanted to prove that my skillset. But if you ask me I'm ready to play for India in three formats. And it's not that I've to put in extra effort for it, I've scored plenty of runs in red-ball cricket."
Notably, after scoring his double century against Bangladesh, the left-hander went back to play in the Ranji Trophy for his state team, Ranchi. In the Ranji Trophy, he also scored a century against Kerala. The left-hander stated that he prioritised test cricket over white-ball cricket, which is why he went to play in the Ranji Trophy after the ODI series.
Ishan added that he is also looking to make a place for the "red-ball team," and he doesn't want to be restricted to a shorter format only. The left-hander was part of the recently concluded T20I series against Sri Lanka and played all three games in the absence of seniors.