Ishan Kishan was bought by Mumbai Indians for a whopping 15.25 crores in the IPL 2022 mega auction. He is being seen as the next big thing in Indian cricket. He was a part of Indian ODI squad against West Indies and played just one game in the series. Kishan is now included in the playing XI for the first T20I.
The southpaw has been in the news since bagging the hefty amount of money at the IPL auction. The youngster said that head coach Rahul Dravid has given them the license to express themselves and play freely as and when they get their opportunity. Kishan seems to be among the players the management is keen on adding to their T20 World Cup squad.
“Those thoughts are there (T20 World Cup) but there was a clear message from our captain and the coach that we will be given the freedom to go there and express ourselves. There will be backing. The message is clear that we are here because they see an X-factor here” said Kishan to Star Sports.
Meanwhile, ahead of the start of the first game, he also spoke about his batting and his favourite batting position in T20I cricket and in general. In his limited international career so far, Kishan has batted at various positions but said it is as an opener that he enjoys his batting the most.
I Am The Happiest When I Open The Innings: Ishan Kishan
“I am happiest when I open the innings. But you know, looking at the situation and what the team wants me to do, I just focus on my role. Comfortable batting anywhere, but when it’s opening, I love it the most,” Ishan told Star Sports on Wednesday.
Kishan concluded his interaction by saying that his IPL auction hangover is over with head coach Rahul Dravid asking him and his teammates to try and focus on the T20I series.
“Yeah, obviously it’s done (the hangover from the IPL auction). Had a good chat with Rahul sir also, asking us to just focus on what we’re doing right now. Obviously, IPL is a big platform for everyone. It’s a very good phase when people get happy, knowing they are going to good teams. But at the end, the focus is on what we have to do in this series,” Kishan concluded saying.