Indian wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan has shared that he met Rishabh Pant at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) prior to the ongoing tour of the West Indies, saying that the latter gave him some handy tips about bat position as well and he thanked Pant for his input.
However, on Sunday, Kishan smashed his maiden Test fifty on Day 4 of the Trinidad Test against West Indies. Promoted to No. 4 in India’s second innings, he hit 52* off 34 balls, a knock which included four fours and two sixes as India declared on 181/2 after 24 overs. In a video shared by BCCI, Kishan shared his interaction with Pant at the NCA, where the latter is undergoing rehabilitation after his horrific car accident last year.
Sharing details, he stated: “I was at NCA before coming here. I was practicing there and Rishabh was also there for his rehab. He just got few points for me; he asked me the bat position and everything. Because we have played together, so many matches, we are together since Under-19. So he knows how I play, what my mindset is. So he just helped me a little bit with my bat position and everything. So otherwise I think I also wanted someone to tell me a few things about my batting and it was a great time for him to come and chat with me and I am really thankful for that.”
However, Ishan Kishan scored his maiden Test fifty with a bat that had ‘RP17’ written on it as well. He also shared that he just wanted to go out and hit every ball on Sunday as well.
“It was one of my dream to get into the whites. I just wanted to go in and hit every ball. Mostly thankful to my parents who have always supported me,” he again shared. “It should be a good game tomorrow [Monday]. We need to hit the right areas and it’s important to get early wickets.”