Uttam Majumdar, Ishan Kishan’s childhood coach, has spoken about the youngster’s future after his sparkling form since last year.
His thunderous performances in IPL 2020 and domestic cricket prompted the management to give him a go in the T20I series against England, in which he slammed a fifty on debut.
Ishan Kishan was taken to the T20 World Cup as well, where he featured in a game against New Zealand but could manage only 4 runs before being dropped for the remainder of the tournament.
Uttam Majumdar says that the left-hander is a “utility player” and is confident that he’d attain great success in white-ball cricket.
“He (Ishan) is a utility player, best suited for the shorter format. He can open, can play as a finisher, extremely athletic as a fielder at the cover-point region with a strong throwing arm,” Majumdar told PTI
If the move clicked, Ishan Kishan would have become an overnight star: Uttam Majumdar
Reflecting further on Ishan Kishan’s dismissal versus New Zealand, Uttam Majumdar pointed out that the batsman was caught in the deep trying to hit a boundary. He thought Kishan deserved to play in the World Cup after coming off three fifties – two in IPL and one in the warm-up game – before the Super 12 stage.
“A failure can happen to any player. It was unfortunate that he got out in the big match. But if the move clicked, he would have become an overnight star. He deserved to get a chance (in the World Cup) after the way he played in the last three innings.
“He is a very natural player and not afraid to go for big hits. That day, he was sent specifically to hit the ball in powerplay but unfortunately it was not his day. But he will get many more chances,” he said.
Ishan Kishan has been selected for the T20I series against New Zealand. Majumdar reckons under the new head coach Rahul Dravid, who had coached Kishan previously at under-19 and India A level, the left-hander will further blossom.
“Dravid sir knows him inside-out since Ishan became Under-19 India captain for the 2016 U-19 World Cup and also during his India ‘A’ days. There is a lot of hope with two back-to-back World Cups. It’s just the beginning for him,” said Kishan’s childhood coach.