“Chats with Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard helped” – MI’s Ishan Kishan

Mumbai Indians (MI) batter Ishan Kishan secured a win against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) in Sharjah on Tuesday. He praised his skipper Rohit Sharma, teammates Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard, and national captain Virat Kohli for boosting his confidence.

After a terrible dry spell of eight innings, Ishan Kishan finally found the form to beat his first 50 this season. His undefeated 25-ball 50 helped MI chase RR’s 90 in 8.2 overs in their vital encounter.

The left-handed Jharkhand led off the innings instead of Quinton de Kock, hitting three sixes and five fours to cause MI to increase their net run rate (NRR).

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“It’s nice to open again and get points for the team and make sure we win by a big margin. It’s a really good feeling because it was much needed for our team to get momentum again,” Ishan Kishan said in the post-match interview.

Speaking of the challenging phase he endured due to his lack of runs, the 23-year-old wicketkeeper batter added:

“I feel like ups and downs are a big part of any sportsman. I wasn’t in shape either. Most of our batters didn’t get points like they did in previous seasons. We had great support staff. Our captain [Rohit Sharma] at. I even talked to Virat bhai and Hardik bhai, and everyone was there to support me.

“I had a conversation with KP (Pollard) who said keep things simple, hit like you used to do, watch the videos of what you did last season. I watched a few videos of my batting , and that gave me a little bit of confidence.”

There was pressure on the national selectors to replace Ishan Kishan from the Indian T20 World Cup roster due to his poor form. He was one of MI’s heroes in their tournament win in the UAE last season, scoring 516 runs at an average of 57.33, with a strike rate of 145.8.

The surfaces in Sharjah have been a battle for batters this season. Ishan Kishan revealed that the wicket played a little better in the second innings and that MI had a plan to counter the difficult ground.

“It was good to field first; we have a good idea of ​​the surface. We intended to play as straight as possible. After watching the first innings, we knew the ball didn’t come up very well and the bounce wasn’t there. Just playing in the V was the plan, and the batsmen executed it very well,” added Ishan Kishan.

“Must play with the same energy”: Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan dismissed talks about MI wanting the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to lose their next match to open their qualifying gates for the playoffs. The youngster believes that the team should play their last league game with the same energy.

“There’s talk of wanting KKR to lose the next game and win our next game (smiles), but that’s way ahead now. We just have to prepare for our next game. We have to play with the same energy today. I look forward to doing this again in the next match,” said Ishan Kishan, who is expected to open MI’s final league game and put on gloves.

In a must-win affair, MI will face the bottom-ranked Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Much will also depend on KKR’s fate against RR on Thursday and the margin of the results of both games.

Edited by Aditya Singh

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