“I would love to open”- Ishan Kishan opens up on his recent chat with Virat Kohli

Mumbai Indians (MI) finished at the fifth spot in Points Table to miss out on the playoffs spot in IPL 2021.

Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan
Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan

Swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan found his lost mojo back with the bat with two quickfire half-centuries for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. This is great news for all team India fans as the youngster was selected in the 15-member national squad for the much-awaited ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE.

After a 25-ball half-century against Rajasthan Royals (RR), Kishan smashed 84 runs off just 52 balls in the subsequent game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He also received the ‘Player of the Match’ for playing a significant role in MI’s win against SRH.

“A very good thing for me and for the team getting some runs, and getting into good touch before the World Cup. Was in a good state of mind, and was very positive. We had to get somewhere around 250-260, it was the intent and positive intent. The one I smacked Malik through the covers – that’s the one (his favourite shot),” Ishan Kishan said at the post-match presentation.

“You are selected as an opener” – Virat Kohli told Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan

The 23-year-old also shed light on his recent interaction with team India skipper Virat Kohli during the RCB vs MI clash earlier in the tournament. He revealed that Kohli had told him that he has been selected as an opener for the T20 WC and how other senior members of the team helped him overcome his lean patch of runs. 

“I had a good chat with Virat bhai, Jasprit bhai also helped me. Even HP, KP were there to support me. Everyone supported me and they said it’s a learning stage for you, make sure you learn from here and don’t make the same mistakes in the upcoming WC games.

“I would love to open and that’s what Virat bhai said – ‘you are selected as an opener, you just have to be prepared for that.’ In the bigger stage, you need to be prepared for every situation,” the Jharkhand wicketkeeper added.

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