He may not have got a chance to make his debut in the opening game of the five-match T20I series against England but that has not deterred or had any negative impact on the high of earning his maiden call-up to the Indian T20I set for Jharkhand and Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan.
Ishan Kishan earned his maiden call-up to Team India’s T20I set-up following a brilliant Indian Premier League season in 2020 where he smashed as many as 516 runs which included a plethora of high-impact knocks, none better than the 99 he scored against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore that nearly won his side the high-scoring affair.
Following his call-up to the Indian team, Ishan Kishan proceeded to thank the national selectors, stating that it is a feeling that cannot be described in words.
“I’m very grateful to the selectors for showing faith in me. It’s any cricketer’s dream to play for the country and an Indian team call up was a really special feeling for me that cannot be put to words,” Ishan Kishan told Wisden India.
Ishan further revealed that a few interactions with the likes of Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard on how they go about their business in the death overs, how they map their innings, and how they confuse the opposition by making a switch between big-hitting and strike-rotation has helped him immensely.
Kishan added that Mumbai Indians is the bedrock of his cricket and he is really fortunate to have that kind of exposure at such an early age.
“A few interactions that helped my game so much has been with Hardik and Krunal Pandya and Pollard. I have seen how they plan a game, map their innings, confuse opposition by switching between big-hitting and strike rotation. I am a confidence person. Watching them and talking to them have played an integral role in giving me that confidence which has really helped my game a lot. I am really fortunate to have that kind of exposure,” Kishan said.