Ishan Kishan, a young batsman, believes that playing against the best pacers in the world during the IPL gave him the courage to play fearlessly against England on his India debut. On Sunday night, Kishan’s blistering 56-run top-order knock laid the foundation for India’s comfortable and fruitful chase in the second Twenty20.
The 22-year-old left-hander acknowledged the importance of his IPL experience in his development as a batsman.
“In the nets, it obviously helped (to face Mumbai Indians teammates Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah). They’re fast bowlers, so hitting shots against them gives you confidence “At the virtual post-match press conference, Kishan said.
“You get to face quality bowlers from all over the world in the IPL, and you get used to them. And I believe it was extremely beneficial to me.”
Kishan also claimed that the team’s management had allowed him to play his natural game free of pressure. “Before the game, I was told to go ahead and open the innings, just like I do in the IPL. I was advised not to put myself under any undue stress. But, since it was my first game, I was a little nervous as I approached the pitch.”
“However, when you put on your country’s jersey, all of the burden fades away, and you try to give your all.” During their 94-run partnership, the debutant was awestruck by Virat Kohli and hopes to pick his brain during the five-match series.
After Kishan’s dismissal, Kohli (73 not out off 49 balls) took command and led India to victory with 13 balls to spare.
“It was a proud moment for me because I had just seen him (Kohli) on TV and his attitude on the ground, but seeing it from the other side was a completely different experience. I believe it is something I can improve on in myself; his energy, his demeanour on the ground; there is much to learn from him.”