Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan. Credits: IPL

Former Mumbai Indians leg-spinner Piyush Chawla has thought on the team’s three vital participants, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Jasprit Bumrah, in front of their IPL 2022 match against arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings on Thursday, 12 May.

Ishan Kishan has had an average season despite beginning with consecutive fifties. Chawla said the left-handed opener’s solidarity lies in going after every ball, a strategy he attempted in his thump of 51 (43) in a horrible defeat against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Ishan Kishan (Image Credits: Twitter)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credits: Twitter)

Ishan Kishan’s Best Role Is Playing Freely As An Opener: Piyush Chawla

The veteran bowler contended that Ishan Kishan might have played his regular game had he got some help and will currently attempt to do that against the Super Kings. Chawla told ESPNcricinfo:

“Ishan’s best role is playing freely as an opener. We saw that when he wasn’t getting runs in the mid-phase of the tournament and then he came and scored 26 (17) [ he scored 26 (18)], there as well he took chances early by trying to hit the deliveries in his arc.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan. Image: BCCI

He got the start and could’ve done that in the last match as well but so many wickets fell around him that he had to adapt and play carefully. The situation demanded that. Now when the match begins here he’ll be back attacking from the first ball.”

Wankhede Will Suit Rohit Sharma: Piyush Chawla

The World Cup-winning bowler conceded that Rohit’s form has been inconsistent yet said Wankhade will suit him as he continued looking for the long-expected enormous score. Chawla added:

“Though he got out [early] in the last match, he showed brilliant form in the match before and looked in good touch. He played that sit-on-one-knee scoop, we don’t see that often from him. When you are in good form, you like to play such shots.

I won’t say he’s in really good form because he doesn’t have the runs to show for hits but he would certainly like to play one big inning before the season gets over. And Wankhade’s pitch suits him so hopefully a big knock is imminent.”

Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan
Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan. Image-Twitter

Mumbai was the first team out of the race for the top four. Rohit is the only player with 50 in each IPL season. He hasn’t had the option to do that this year – his most elevated score being 43 – and presently has only three games left to play.

MI’s ouster from the top-four race came as a surprisingly beneficial turn of events for Bumrah, as per Chawla. The right-arm pacer multiplied his season’s count with an amazing five-wicket haul against the Knight Riders. Even though his spell of 5/10 arrived in a terrible season, it is the fifth-best throughout the entire existence of the competition.

Jasprit Bumrah Had Extra Pressure In Initial Matches: Piyush Chawla

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: IPL)

Chawla expressed that in the initial 10 matches, the pacer was “attempting excessively” constrained to perform for the team, yet received the benefits in the wake of getting back to his rudiments against KKR. The 33-year-old spinner said:

“In the first few matches, he had that extra pressure because he didn’t have much support. To make up for that, he was trying too much and when you do that for wickets, you bowl some bad balls and leak runs as well.

But in the last, he kept it completely simple and went back to his basics. When you go back to your basics, you don’t look too much at what’s happening around and just bowl at your best areas. That’s what we saw with Jasrpit Bumrah and that’s what he’s famous for.”

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