Ishan Kishan on his matured innings
Ishan Kishan, on Saturday, was asked how he resisted himself despite playing in Sharjah. He said, “I know it’s a small stadium, but at the same time, if we don’t get loose balls, we have to respect those balls. And if the tempo is on our side, we just have to keep going. It is just about selecting the balls that you can hit. The stadium is a plus point [for the batsmen]. The teams are going to go for big shots.”
He further added that the pitch was not really easy. Ishan Kishan could manage only 28 runs against KXIP after that blistering 99 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Defending his innings Ishan Kishan told, “The pitch wasn’t easy. It had double pace and double bounce. Sometimes it was coming on the bat, sometimes it was holding. It was difficult for me to think which was the perfect ball I should go for. The boundary was quite big on the leg side when I was batting. You must have seen the KXIP batsmen also struggle when they were batting.” He also spoke about the situation which, according to him demanded to remain till the end.
“The situation was also such that we had lost a few early wickets and my job was to bat till the end. So I couldn’t start hitting. You have to see a lot of things. What if I got out and then Hardik came in? We wanted him to play for seven overs. He has that clear mind where he has to go after each and every ball. That was the plan and I think we executed that really well.
Working with MI all-rounder duo
While speaking about his drawbacks, Ishan Kishan admitted, “I was not good at playing shots through cover. I have worked a lot on that through the off season. If I get the ball there, I’ll definitely go for it. Every team plans for you, they know what your weak spots are. They have meetings to discuss that and where they have to bowl to us. It is important for us to practice for that during the off season.”
Ishan Kishan gave credits to his off-season training that he has been able to live up to the expectations so far. The southpaw also spoke about his two teammates, who have helped him improve his game. “I have been working with them [Hardik and Pollard] for the last three years and I know how they plan their game. It’s not just about power, it’s about how they take the game to the last over or how they put pressure on the bowlers, how they rotate strike. This is something I’m learning from them – how to rotate strike and how to keep the [opposition] players confused on what your plan is. It is not just about going there and start hitting.”