Ishan Kishan thinks England cricket’s ‘Bazball’ batting method works best on flat surfaces

Published Date – 23rd Tuesday 25th July 06:30pm

Ishan Kishan believes England's 'Bazball' approach can only be executed on a flat pitch
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Port of Spain: Indian wicket batsman Ishan Kishan believes that the England cricket team’s ‘Bazball’ batting method is best suited to flat ground and there is no need to play in this aggressive manner in every Test match.

After making his Test debut in Dominica’s first game against the West Indies, Ishan, who hit 50 off 33 balls in the second innings of the draw’s second game, emphasized the importance of pitch conditions in formulating batting strategies.

On flat surfaces, where quick scoring can be scored, a “Bazball” approach may prove advantageous, he noted. “It’s not possible to play that fast every day, it depends. If the wicket is flat and you can score fast and the need for the team is to run fast, then I think you can make that move,” Ishan told reporters after the fifth day of the second Test match.

“I don’t think it’s necessary for us to play in an aggressive way every game, but whenever we need to play attacking cricket, we have enough firepower in the team. I don’t think you can always play attacking in Test cricket,” he added.

The 25-year-old revealed that Rishabh Pant provided him with valuable batting skills and guidance during his training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). “As I said before, he’s known me since the U-19 days. We know each other’s games. We talk about batting constantly and don’t hesitate to share our views. I’m very grateful to him for giving me some points in the NCA,” he said.

“Rishabh did a great job in the Test match. We lowered the batting order and when batting in that position, it’s important to play according to the situation. If you lose four fast wickets and you need to cooperate, you can’t attack at full strength. When you need to set a goal, then the aggressive approach starts. But in general, you have to bat according to the situation in Test cricket,” he added.

The left-handed batsman further said that captain Rohit Sharma’s vast experience and his ability to handle players energized the team’s youth and created a comfortable environment.

“Rohit Sharma is an experienced captain. He tries to keep everyone in that comfort zone. When I was ready to bat, he just told me ‘you play your own game, play according to your plan, don’t listen to others’. For a youngster, having a captain backing you is a big thing, it motivates you to do better,” said Ishan.

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