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Young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan has revealed the advice of India captain Rohit Sharma that helped him perform exceptionally well in the first match of the three-match T20 International series against Sri Lanka National Cricket Team at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow.

In the first T20I, Ishan Kishan while opening the innings with Rohit played an amazing knock and he fell just 11-run short of a century. He smashed 89 runs off 56 balls including 10 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 158.93.

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IND vs SL: Ishan Kishan Reveals The Advice Of India Captain Rohit Sharma That Helped Him Perform Incredibly In First T20I

Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan has revealed that Rohit had told him to focus on rotating the strike as he has the capability to play big shots whenever he wants. He elaborated

“He (Rohit Sharma) always keeps telling me that ‘you can hit whenever you go out there in the middle. The important thing for me where I was erring was about rotating the strikes, and taking singles.”

“Obviously he has helped me out in those areas, especially when I’m batting at the nets. He keeps telling me to try how to rotate the strike. ‘You can hit anyway, but it’s about rotating the strike and keeping the bowlers under pressure’, he would say.

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“When you get their full support, our job is to continue our disciplined life, be it the fitness, homework, or batting pattern we just have to continue.”

They always told me that they know about my talent and what I can do for the team – Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan. Photo- ICC
Ishan Kishan. Photo- ICC

Young wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan also said that Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have motivated him to perform well after he failed in the West Indies series. He elaborated:

“Always a senior player would want a youngster to be in a good head space. Be it (coach) Rahul (Dravid) bhai, Virat (Kohli) bhai or Rohit bhai, they all have passed this phase. They are aware how we feel when we don’t perform well,” Ishan said at the post-match media interaction.

“I didn’t do well against the West Indies. They always told me that they know about my talent and what I can do for the team. ‘We trust in you. Never ever you think that we are doubting your abilities’.

Kishan further added that the senior players in the team have helped him with small things and said it is always helpful for him to have conversations with India captain Rohit Sharma. He elaborated:

“They always help you out with small, small things be it your batting grip or the attacking mindset. After playing so much cricket, you get used to the situation. Tough times will come but it’s very important to be in the situation. You don’t get too excited when you score runs.”

“Same goes when you don’t perform. So you need to be in a very good space. You need to talk to your seniors because they are much more experienced than us. So it’s very helpful when I sit with Rohit bhai for a conversation,” he added.

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