Author : A Smith | Created : 2022-08-04 10:01:00
The 21-year-old Ishan Kishan has been in tremendous form for Mumbai Indians this season. The young batsman has scored 347 runs at an average of 57.83 and also maintained a strike rate of 145.65 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Kishan was one of the top scorers in that tournament, which was played only by Under-22 players from all over India back in February 2020. His performances were so good that many senior players including Irfan Pathan himself suggested that he should be given an opportunity to play for India sooner rather than later:
Ishan Kishan has a bright future in India, feels Irfan Pathan.
The youngster impressed everyone with his batting in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians in the last few seasons and has been rewarded with an India A call-up for their tour to Australia and New Zealand starting later this month.
Pathan was also part of that tour last time around but did not play any matches as he was recovering from a hip injury and now wishes to start playing competitive cricket again soon after undergoing surgery at home during IPL 2019.
"I have seen Ishan play quite a few times. He is doing well for himself, extremely good player, very talented," Pathan told PTI on Sunday."He has got everything - he can bat, bowl offspinners and has pace too so I am sure he will do well in Australia," added Irfan who took 33 wickets from 30 ODIs between 2004 and 2009 before being dropped due to injuries."It's nice to see someone like him coming through because there is lot of competition out there," he said about 21-year-old Kishan who made headlines by smashing an unbeaten 55 off 15 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore during IPL 2019."You don't know how long they will be able to stay there...if you are performing then you should continue performing otherwise somebody else might take your place," Irfan said when asked whether it's difficult for youngsters like Ishant Sharma or Jasprit Bumrah to cement their spots considering the number of players available currently at international level.When questioned about his own comeback plans after undergoing surgery on his injured hip during IPL 2019 -- he said:"I am keeping myself busy by doing some gym work...working hard [on] my fitness."
Now, let's talk about Rohit Sharma. He has impressed everyone with his batting in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians in the last few seasons. He has scored a lot of runs in this tournament and has been a consistent performer for them over the years. Rohit Sharma has played for Mumbai Indians since 2014 and is currently under contract with them till 2020.
Kishan was one of the top scorers in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, where he scored 347 runs at an average of 57.83 and a strike rate of 145.65. He scored a century against Gujarat, which ended up being the highest individual score by an opener in this season's Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He also played a crucial role for his team when they needed him most; he scored 60 runs off 41 balls with two sixes to help Bengal secure victory over Maharashtra during their second match of Group B play-offs at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on March 20th 2018.
Kishan's form has continued into this year's IPL season; he has been one of Mumbai Indians' most consistent performers so far this year as they sit atop Group A with three wins from four matches played so far this season.
Kishan, who shot to fame after his stellar performance in the IPL 2020 as a member of Chennai Super Kings, has been in good form in Domestic cricket as well. The youngster has been consistent with his performances right from the start and he has scored more than 700 runs in just 7 innings in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-2020. He also has an impressive average of 91.66 at a strike rate of 126.46 so far this season which is a clear indication that he is back in form after suffering through injuries last year.
Irfan says that he can be used as a T20 World Cup batsman and will be very useful in the middle order. He has shown this time and again in domestic competition as well as IPL.
He has been batting well for Rajasthan Royals, scoring two half-centuries against SunRisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively.
“I would definitely keep an eye on him,” said Irfan Pathan, during a discussion on Sports Tak.
The batting all-rounder was referring to Ishant Kishan, who has been in fine form with the bat in IPL 2019 so far. He scored a crucial half century for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Super Kings and also struck two fours and three sixes in his innings of 31 off 12 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Kishan is considered to be one of India's best finishers at the death overs and has shown this time and again in domestic competition as well as IPL.
In fact, he won the Purple Cap for scoring most runs at No 7 or lower since 2018 -- an impressive total of 1116 runs from 46 innings at an average of 44.60 while striking at 157 runs per 100 balls faced (the fourth highest strike-rate among Indian batsman).
"When it comes to batting, I would like to see him bat at number 5 or 6 for India," he added.
"He has a good eye and can play big shots at death overs. He has the ability to play the big shots at the death overs. He can play the big shots at the death overs," said Ganguly, who had played alongside Dravid in India's one-day team during their prime days.
"Dravid is a great player and I don't want to take away anything from him but when it comes to batting, I would like to see him bat at number 5 or 6 for India," he added.
There is a new batsman in town who could be the answer to all our problems. He can bat at number 5 or 6 and can play big shots at the death overs.
Irfan believes that this 21-year-old batsman from Jharkhand can do quite well at number 5 or 6 because he is capable of playing big shots at the death overs and he has shown this time and again in domestic competition as well as IPL.
Similar match winners have played for India before - with Yuvraj Singh excelling at no 6 for India for years - which made Ishan Kishan's case stronger for himself to be selected for T20 World Cup 2021. With his performances in IPL, he has proved that he can be a handy batsman at the top of the order or as an impact player lower down. He is also a good fielder, who has shown great agility as a fielder both in the outfield and behind the wicket
Ishan Kishan is one of the best T20 batsmen India have produced. He is capable of playing big shots at the death overs and he has shown this time and again in domestic competition as well as IPL. The 21-year-old batsman from Jharkhand can do quite well at number 5 or 6 because he is capable of playing big shots at the death overs and has shown this time and again in domestic competition as well as IPL.