Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla. Image-Twitter

Mumbai Indians (MI) opener Ishan Kishan hasn’t done anything to justify his price tag in the IPL 2022 mega auction and Piyush Chawla expressed major concerns over the left-hander’s impact on the team.

Kishan started off well in the season but has since played terrible knocks where he ends up consuming balls without scoring runs. This has affected the scoring rate of MI, who is struggling at the bottom of the points table with no wins in eight matches.

See, whatever I’ve seen of Ishan, opening is his best slot because he plays his best cricket there. It is a phase that can happen with any batter. Although he made a good start in the first two matches, he has gone into a shell after that. I have never seen him like this. Either he gets out or scores runs.”

IPL 2022: Good Start In The First 2 Games, But Gone Into A Shell After That - Piyush Chawla On Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan (Image Credits: Twitter)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credits: Twitter)

But here he’s playing a lot of balls and not scoring runs either. So because of that, the entire batting unit come under pressure and Rohit has to cover that. Rohit is a type of batter who plays till the 14th-15th overs but when runs don’t come from one end, he has to take risks which bring mistakes,” Chawla told ESPNcricinfo.

“He should just go and express himself and enjoy the moment” – Piyush Chawla

Since Mumbai Indians are virtually out of the playoff race, all Kishan can do is focus on his batting and try to enjoy himself. Chawla feels the youngster has taken too much pressure on his shoulders and has succumbed to it as a result.

I’ll want him to play the way for which he has been selected in the team. He’s anyway getting out, so he should, at least, go out there and express himself and play freely like he’s known to do.”

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan. Image: BCCI

It was fun to watch him bat in the first two matches but now he seems under a lot of pressure. He should just go and express himself and enjoy the moment,” he further mentioned.

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