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IPL 2019: Virender Sehwag is Ishan Kishan’s favourite commentator

Ishan was drafted in the MI side as a replacement for Yuvraj Singh but is yet to make a mark.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan of Mumbai Indians. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Young Mumbai Indians (MI) batsman Ishan Kishan might not have impressed with whatever chances he has got in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) but the 20-year-old made the headlines after the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. MI replicated their winning performance against RCB in the return game by overhauling their score of 171 for 7 with five wickets in hand.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya’s 37 not out off 16 balls saw the side romp home with an over to spare. The win handed RCB their seventh defeat in the tournament and pushed them a step closer to elimination. Ishan, who has replaced Yuvraj Singh in the XI, came up with his highest score (21 off nine balls) of the tournament in the same game but he turned a few heads in his role as the commentator.

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Ishan Kishan’s commentary debut

In a video posted on the official IPL website, Kishan was heard saying: “Hi, I am Ishan Kishan and today is my debut as a commentator. We have registered a win over RCB, it was really a good match and in the second innings, it was difficult to score but Hardik bhai (Hardik Pandya) batted so well.”

“They (RCB) gave us a competitive total, we don’t know how ball started to spin in the second inning. But the best part is, on this turning track we achieved the target. There was a point where the game was losing from our hands but Hardik bhai helped MI to comeback and conclude the match in one over.”

Ishan, who had led India to the final of the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 but lost to the West Indies, also revealed on the occasion that his favourite commentator is Virender Sehwag, the former dashing India opener, and even sought feedback from the latter on his commentary debut.

He said based on the feedback, he could improve on his commentary. Apart from his commentary, Sehwag is also known for his witty takes on issues and funny one-liners that he often posts on Twitter.

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