India’s Young Batting Sensation Ishan Kishan says that facing the best fast bowlers from across the world during the IPL has given him sheer confidence to play fearlessly against England on his International debut for team India.
Ishan’s swashbuckling 56 runs knock has laid the foundation for India’s brilliant chase in the second T20I on Sunday at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The 22 year old debutant acknowledged the contribution of the IPL stint which has helped in his growth as a batsman. “It obviously helped (to face the likes of Mumbai Indians teammates Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah) in the nets. They are very pace bowlers and to hit shots against them gives confidence,” Kishan said at the post-match virtual press conference.
“In IPL you get to face quality bowlers from across the world and you start getting used to these bowlers. And I think that really helped me.”
Further Ishan Kishan has said that the team management had backed him to play his natural fearless game without feeling much pressure.
“Before the match I was told to go and open the innings and play freely the way I play in IPL. I was told not to take extra pressure. But it being my first game I was little nervous while going at the ground.”
“But when you wear the jersey of your country that pressure simply goes away and you try to give your best.”
Ishan Kishan was in awe of Virat Kohli during their 94 runs partnership & hopes of getting the brain & instincts of the India Captain during the five match series. Chase Master Virat Kohli who was unbeaten on 73 took charge after Ishan’s dismissal to led India to victory with 13 balls to spare.
“It was proud feeling for me because I had just seen him (Kohli) on TV, his attitude on the ground, but to see it from the other end is totally different. I think it is something which I can change in myself, his energy, his appearance on the ground, there is a lot to learn from him.”
“The way he talks in the ground it takes pressure from you. I just want to make sure that I learn a lot from him in this series,” Kishan said.