Indian opener Rohit Sharma has heaped high praise on his Mumbai Indians teammate Ishan Kishan for the giant strides he has taken as far as his understanding of the game is concerned in the past year or so.
Ishan Kishan has been in pulsating form in the past six months. The swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman from Jharkhand had a brilliant IPL season last year as he smashed 516 runs in 14 games at a strike-rate in excess of 140.
Kishan was finally rewarded for his performances in the recently concluded five-match T20I series against England where he earned a maiden call-up to the Indian team.
The 22-year-old got a chance to show his prowess at the International level in the second T20I where he blasted a match-winning 32-ball 56 to help India gun down the target of 165 with ease.
“He (Ishan Kishan) has gone from strength to strength when we talk about his cricketing skills. He has improved from the last IPL to now. The change that I’ve noticed in him is that he has started to understand the game a lot better. Not to forget that he captains Jharkand in the limited overs, so obviously he’s reading the game and seeing what’s happening. And that probably helps him a lot while batting or keeping.” Rohit Sharma said in the post-match press conference.
Not only Ishan Kishan but Suryakumar Yadav also made the most of the opportunities he got in the series. The 30-year-old smashed a whirlwind 31-ball 57 in his very first innings in Indian colors and backed it up with another match-winning cameo of 17-ball 32.
Rohit added that the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kisha like to play freely and it is important for the team-management to give them the freedom to express themselves in order to get the best out of them.
“Ishan likes to play freely. Someone like him and Surya, you’ve got to give them the freedom to express themselves. At ther end of the day, they’re doing it for the team’s cause. And the team management likes that when you have few players playing with freedom and the others with a calm head on their shoulders taking the game till the end. You need variety of players and I think we’ve got them right now. It’s good to have that mix. It’s very healthy for the team going into any tournament,” added Rohit.