England’s Opener Batsman Jason Roy was not at all surprised when he saw the star batsman taking the game away from his team in the second T20I Series.
Ishan in his debut match smashed 56 runs off just 32 balls to help India seal a glorious win in the 2nd T20I to level the five match T20I series on Sunday. “He’s obviously a star player, he’s done that for Mumbai Indians, numerous amounts of time so I wasn’t surprised when I saw him kind of teeing off a bit because everyone knows he’s a star player so good on him,” Roy said in a virtual media interaction with the UK media.
“A couple of times he might have got a little bit wrong with the ball but he capitalized by hitting it for six. It’s just a case of just making sure you kind of execute your skills extremely well.”
India had come into the series with the intention of playing more fearless Cricket with freedom which was quite evitable with their fiery performance in the second T20I. England on the other hand are already used to that fiery kind of cricket.
“It has worked for us in 50 overs cricket, it worked for us in kind of 10 to 20 games we’ve played. Our policy is to play aggressive cricket, but the problem is, when you’re playing on pitches like this you have to be a little bit more calculated. You have to assess it a bit quicker,” said Roy.
“If you’re wanting to play that way, you got to accept that some days it’s not going to go that way. You are going to be three-four down in a Powerplay. But with the depth of our batting lineup, that’s the opportunity it gives to the top order batsmen,” Roy said.
On the turning pitch of Narendra Modi Stadium, England had struggled a lot with the ball in their attempt to defend 164 runs on a pitch that was offering less for the bowlers & the same would be the case in the third T20I match as well.
“They are difficult but just as difficult as our spinners to face as well. We’ve almost learned enough already, that we should be kind of capitalizing on what we’ve learned in this series but just last night we made a few mistakes,” he said.
Jason Roy has been more consistent with scores of 49 & 46 but has not converted their scores into a big knock & that is something Roy wants to do in the remaining matches.
“It was a kind of pitch where you’ve got to pick your bowler. Unfortunately the bowler I picked got me out. I was looking to target Washington (Sundar).
“If that over had gone for a few runs, it would have swayed the momentum of our innings quite a bit. “What I learned was just to make sure I’m staying on my shots a little bit more. I missed a couple of my reverse sweeps. I was out of position, and then rectified that during my innings,” he said.
Jason Roy has termed India a classy team but said that they are pretty confident that they will bounce back today in their 3rd T20I match against India. “The boys have bounced back, we’re a fast learning side. I don’t think there’s been a huge amount of wind out of our sails to be honest,” he concluded.