Young wicket-keeper batter Ishan Kishan gave a much-needed flying start to Mumbai Indians in their last league match of the IPL 2021 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi. He walked out to bat with all-guns-blazing and broke havoc against the SRH bowlers.
Ishan, who was going through a tough phase with the bat in the ongoing 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League, made a solid comeback into the game and stole the show with the bat. In the process, he also created a unique record, which saw him overtake hard-hitter Kieron Pollard.
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Ishan Kishan started his stunning knock with a first-ball six and went on to smash 84 runs off 32 balls in an innings laced with 11 fours and 4 sixes. Ishan’s stunning knock helped setting up the platform for Suryakumar Yadav to finish the game with 82 off 40 balls, taking Mumbai Indians to 235 runs.
After the match, Ishan Kishan talked about his performance. Ishan was pleased to have found his form back ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup. He said:
“A very good thing for me and for the team getting some runs, and getting into good touch before the World Cup. Was in good state mind of mind, was very positive. We had to get somewhere around 250-260, it was the intent and positive intent. The one I smacked Malik through the covers – that’s the one (his favourite shot),”
Further, during the post-match press conference, Ishan revealed the conversation he had with Virat Kohli. He also talked about how other players including Pollard and Rohit Sharma helped him while he was struggling. He said:
“In this tournament, you have to be prepared for every circumstance. It’s important to be in the right mindset and you need to go with your best form. I had a good chat with Virat bhai, Jasprit bhai also helped me. Even HP, KP were there to support me. Everyone supported me and they said it’s a learning stage for you, make sure you learn from here and don’t make the same mistakes in the upcoming WC games.”
“That was the part where I learned from them. I was just taking one point at a time. I would love to open and that’s what Virat bhai said – ‘you are selected as an opener, you just have to be prepared for that.’ In the bigger stage, you need to be prepared for every situation,”