Batting in the middle order and opening in one game, Ishan Kishan scored 132 runs at an average of 44 including a match-winning half-century before joining the Duleep Trophy squad.
India A dominated Temba Bavuma-led South Africa at home in the five-match ODI series, beating them by 4-1. The weather conditions played a crucial role throughout the series as almost every match was a rain-curtailed one or delayed due to wet outfield. India lost only one game by a close margin of four runs. In all the other matches, the hosts registered convincing wins as India A continued their dominant run after beating West Indies A in away series.
The India A team was led by Manish Pandey in the first three matches and Shreyas Iyer in the last two. There was a shuffle in the batting order and the team was not the same in any of the unofficial ODIs as the team management gave almost every player a chance to showcase their talent. Here’s a look at a few standout performers of the series:
The wicketkeeper-batsman can be the backup plan for India if Rishabh Pant does not live upto expectations. Kishan has been consistent with the bat and outstanding behind the wicket. A great accessory to the skipper, Kishan always keeps the field in check and motivates the ones around him on the field.
Batting in the middle order and opening in one game, Kishan scored 132 runs at an average of 44 including a match-winning half-century before joining the Duleep Trophy squad. The 21-year-old scored a 24-ball 55 in the second match helping his team chase down the total of 163 with ease. In the second game, he opened the batting and kept the run rate above six runs per over despite three early wickets in powerplay overs.