In the last couple of games, Mumbai Indians (MI) wicket-keeper batsman, Ishan Kishan has been in phenomenal form. The youngster has silenced his critics with his back-to-back half-centuries and justified his selection for the upcoming T20 World Cup, starting next week in the UAE and Oman. He played a brilliant knock of 32-ball 84 against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Friday, revealed his emotional chat with Virat Kohli, which gave him clarity in his role in the World Cup.
After the SRH game, Ishan Kishan said, “I had a good chat with Virat bhai, Jasprit bhai also helped me. Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya also supported me. Everyone supported me and said this is a learning stage for me and make sure that I should learn from my mistakes here and not repeat it during the T20 World Cup.”
He further added, “Virat bhai told me ‘You are selected as an opener, you just have to be prepared for that. But at the bigger level, you need to be prepared for everything.”
Kishan clobbered the SRH bowlers all-ver the ground as he didn’t spare a single SRH bowler to bring up his half-century in just 16 balls, the fastest fifty of IPL 2021.
It was raining boundaries and sixes for Kishan in every over as the Mumbai Indians reached the tally of 78 runs in the first five overs. The menacing partnership between the openers was finally broken in the sixth over by Rashid Khan when he induced a top-edge from Rohit which was brilliantly caught by Mohammad Nabi running backward.
But Ishan Kishan was in a relentless mood as he continued to use his long handle to great effect and put immense pressure on the SRH attack. It looked like child’s play for Kishan as he was seen smashing Rashid over the deep midwicket to bring up the team’s 100 in 7.1 overs. The young southpaw finally departed in the 10th over when he top edged an Umran Malik delivery to Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps.