Talking to teammate Shubman Gill on the BCCI website, Kishan said, ‘I think about [hitting] Fours and sixes but there is a lot of difference between white ball and red ball cricket. In white ball, if you come down to bat at No.4. 6 No swing. But with the red ball, bowlers use swing and you have to use your head instead of showing the characteristics of your youth.”
“With experience, I know it’s not about fours and sixes [in red-ball cricket] But about getting the team in a good position,” Kishan said. “If the ball is in my zone and the ground is up, I will try. But if the bowling is good then I will respect that.
“I think the position I bat at – No.6 – in the longer format, it’s very important [for me] to read the status. If we are not in good position and if I play shots in a hurry, it will frustrate the team.”
Kishan said he enjoys playing against the red ball and the challenges that come with it. “When I was playing white-ball cricket, my father used to say that Tests are the real deal where batsmen are challenged and their skills are tested. Playing Test cricket is a big deal. I came to know that I was very happy with the selection in the Test team of India and called home [to give the news], because there are so many good players… Test cricket is supposed to bring out your real skill and real game. If given a chance, I will try to win matches for India.
“I like playing with the red ball. There’s a bit of swing, there’s sledging and there’s a lot of time. [there is] No pressure to score runs. Situations are sometimes easy and sometimes difficult. So I enjoy all those scenarios in Ranji Trophy.”