India and Jharkhand’s wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan’s childhood coach Uttam Mazumdar had credited stylish opener and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma for instilling the art of batting fearlessly in the 22-year-old.
Ishan Kishan has been playing under the leadership of Rohit Sharma since IPL 2018. Last year, Kishan opened the innings for the Mumbai Indians besides also playing in the middle-order and smashed as many as 516 runs at an average of 57 with four half-centuries which also includes a 99 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
On Sunday, Ishan Kishan displayed the same fearless attitude on his T20I debut as he smashed the English bowling-unit to all corners of the ground to score a match-winning 32-ball 56.
“Ishan has got a lot of confidence from Rohit. He has played a lot of cricket under Rohit’s captaincy. Ishan has learned the art of playing fearlessly from Rohit. Rohit is his mentor and captain at Mumbai Indians. In the last IPL, allowed him to open the innings in the UAE. Rohit asked him to open alongside him. Rohit taught Ishan how to play fearless cricket. Ishan is fortunate to have a captain like Rohit,” Ishan Kishan’s childhood coach Uttam Mazumdar further told Time of India.
It was an emotional day not only for young Ishan Kishan but also for his coach Uttam Mazumdar.
Mazumdar has been coaching Ishan since he was just five when his father brought him to Moin-ul-Haq stadium in Patna.
Sixteen years later, he was sitting in front of the television set, watching his pupil smash world-class bowlers like Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid.
Ishan was very close to Mazumdar’s father and so when the 22-year-old dedicated his award to the departed soul, his coach couldn’t hold back his tears.
“It’s been a long journey. It’s sixteen years of hard work put in by Ishan and me. He has struggled a lot and put in a lot of hard work to reach this level. It was a proud moment for me to see him debut for India and play a match-winning knock. I was in front of the television set and watching him bat. I was in tears when he dedicated that knock to my father who passed away recently. I am going through a tough time, but his words made my day. He played an unbelievable knock,” Mazumdar revealed.