Learnt a lot from MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma during the IPL, says MI's Ishan Kishan

Kishan will not play for the India 'A' side due to an injury at the moment.

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MS Dhoni giving some invaluable tips to Ishan Kishan
MS Dhoni giving some invaluable tips to Ishan Kishan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Though Mumbai Indians haven’t made it to the playoffs, there are certain positives for the side to take home. The top order has been quite consistent throughout the season. Surya Kumar Yadav and Lewis provided decent starts but it was the middle order which collapsed on most occasions. Ishan Kishan has been the surprise package as he took over the responsibilities when most of the senior players failed miserably.

The pocket dynamite – Ishan had a decent outing, scoring 275 runs in the season. He started the season on a high note but with the changes in the batting order, he started to struggle. His best performance came against KKR in a crucial time. His impressive 21-ball 62 came off at a very crucial time. The 19-year old’s knock consisted of five fours and six sixes. Kishan played quite a few important innings but got out playing immature strokes.

Ishan Kishan sidelined from the India-A squad:

Despite a good Vijay Hazare trophy and a modest IPL, the youngster couldn’t make it to the India-A squad. Playing for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he scored 313 runs in five matches at a very good average of 78.25. Speaking of him being sidelined, the young lad said that he is confident of playing for the nation one day.

“It does hurt because I thought I would be in the India A side. I had quite a few runs in Vijay Hazare Trophy and IPL. But it’s okay if the selectors didn’t feel that way. I can’t help that. But I can obviously focus on my performances and try and improve on my game. I know I will represent the Indian cricket team one day. I’m 100% sure about that,” the Mumbai Indians keeper said.

MSD and Rohit Sharma taught me a lot, says Kishan:

“I spoke to seniors like Rohit Sharma who told me not to worry and learn as much as possible from this season so that I know how to improve next year. I spoke to Mahi bhai regarding both my batting and wicket-keeping skills. What had been happening is that once I would perform, I would often get a bit relaxed. He asked me to stay mentally tough and not get relaxed after a good game and continue with the same intensity,” Ishan was quoted by HT.

“I think it’s tough when you are prepared to come one-down but eventually come in to bat at No 5 but still have to do things according to your team’s requirement. You have to be prepared for every situation when you’re playing the IPL and you can’t complain later that you weren’t batting in your position. I think there were a few errors that we made this season like a few miscommunications here and there but I think we still learnt a lot from each other. The top order was good with Surya and Lewis giving starts but lower down the order, in a couple of matches, it was not working well. But at the end of the day, we played well,” the 19-year-old added.

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