India vice-captain Rohit Sharma welcomed the new recruits Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan in the Indian team and asked them to enjoy the moment. Both the players are part of Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians and he has seen him from close quarters.
Both Suryakumar and Ishan were the cornerstones of the MI batting lineup in the IPL 2020 played in UAE, where the franchise won the tournament for the 5th time. This is their maiden call-up in the Indian team for the upcoming T20I series against England to be played from March 12 in Ahmedabad.
In 13 innings, Kishan smashed 516 runs at an average of 57.33 and a strike rate of 145.76, while Yadav had 480 runs in 15 innings with an average of 40.00 and a strike rate of 145.01.
I Don’t Want Them (Ishan Kishan And Suryakumar Yadav) To Be Thinking About Anything- Rohit Sharma
Rohit was confident of both Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan doing well whenever they got their chances, but he also had a word of caution for them, saying things won’t be that easy at the international level.
“I don’t want them to be thinking about anything. That’s how they bring their best performance out. Having watched them closely for a few years now, I have realized it’s important for them to be part of this wonderful team, a great set-up, which the team has. So I just want them to have fun and understand what this team is all about,” Rohit said.
They Should Just Have Fun, International Cricket Is Not Easy: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma feels that both Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan should be relaxed whenever they get the chance to play international cricket. He said that it’s not easy to play at the highest level and they will be challenged.
“They should just have fun, relax and be part of this wonderful set-up first and when the opportunity comes. It’s not going to be that easy here. They will be challenged every now and then but that’s what international cricket is all about. How you respond to those challenges is crucial. So you need to keep telling them about having the right mindset to counter those challenges,” Rohit said.
The five-match T20I series will be a preparatory step for India for the 2021 T20 World Cup, for which they are the hosts as well.