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Playing Under Pressure Will Help Me In The Long Term: Ishan Kishan

Mumbai Indians (MI) recently recorded a sensational performance to hand Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) a convincing 40-run defeat in their own backyard. This was MI's third win in five games this season. The Rohit Sharma-led team is now all set to play as hosts to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Wankhede Stadium later in the day. 

He is such a big player

Young southpaw batsman Ishan Kishan played his first game of the tournament against SRH. He came in the side in place of veteran Indian batsman, Yuvraj Singh. The senior Indian batter, Yuvraj managed to score 98 runs in four innings, while Ishan also failed to grab the opportunity. He was run out for 17 runs in the game against SRH. 

“He’s such a big player and the fact that I am playing in his place raises expectations from others. Playing under such pressure will help me in the long term,” Ishan Kishan was quoted as saying.

 

We have to be on toes

Kishan had a great run last year for MI, compiling some spectacular knocks and thus, he was retained by the franchisee for IPL 2019. He mentioned that there are several good players in the side which makes it difficult to get the assurity. He noted that he is focussing on giving his very best whenever the chance comes. 

“We have so many good players in the team. All, including seniors, have to be on toes and my focus is that whenever I get opportunity I give my 100 per cent,” he added.

Ishan had to make do with his wicket-keeper's role as current Proteas keeper batsman Quinton de Kock is donning the gloves. He revealed that it is great to get some important learning from the star South African wicket-keeper. 

“Obviously, I would like to play as wicket-keeper-batsman but with de Kock in the team, I have to wait for my chance. I am keen to learn from him. I have been able to learn a lot by seeing his fitness level and dedication. He’s a very good player with good hand eye co-ordination with the bat, a thorough professional,” the MI wicket-keeper batsman concluded.