Ishan Kishan has spoken about how Rohit Sharma’s unwavering encouragement and backing has boosted his confidence and helped him achieve success. Kishan claims that his Mumbai Indians captain has always defended his naturally aggressive attitude, even if it means absorbing the flak.
In an interview with Aakash Chopra on the latter’s YouTube channel, Ishan Kishan made the following observations. The wicketkeeper-batsman recounted an incident in which Rohit Sharma allowed him to strike a six on his first delivery, inviting his critics to come “speak to him” if they were offended.
Ishan Kishan expressed his thoughts.
“He keeps things simple and doesn’t overcomplicate things. For example, if he believes I need to take more singles, he will tell me during practice rather than during a game, “See Ishan, you can hit a six whenever you want, so just focus on hitting singles right now.” Attempt to get five singles out of six balls.'”
The young batsman-wicketkeeper added
“Even while I’m batting, if he notices that I’m a little perplexed by my performances, he simply approaches me and says, ‘Go play your own game without worrying about anything.’ Even if you want to go for a six on the first ball and get out… aur tujhe koi kuch bolta hai toh usko bol mujhse aake baat kare”
In his short international career, Ishan Kishan has already demonstrated this method twice. The 23-year-old is the only Indian to score half-centuries in his ODI and T20I debuts, and the only one to do it with sixes and fours, respectively. Ishan Kishan has 140 international runs with a strike rate of above 135 from five games. He has also scored 1284 runs in the IPL at a strike rate of 131.96.
Ishan Kishan on Rohit Sharma’s leadership: “You don’t feel the pressure of the following game.”
Ishan Kishan went on to say that Rohit Sharma works in a transparent and open manner, adding that the players don’t feel pressured about the upcoming games. According to him, the Indian white-ball vice-captain offers everyone free license in exchange for some adaptability. He went on to say:
“You’ll undoubtedly feel lot better than you did 10 minutes ago when a captain displays such faith in you. He keeps things simple by coming to you and clearing everything out all at once, so you don’t have to worry about the next game. ‘No one will suggest anything to you, you play your own game, practice how you want, and play according to the situation,’ he says.”
When the IPL 2021 returns in September, Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma, who have played together with the Mumbai Indians for four years, will reunite once more.