Virat Kohli told me I am selected as opener in T20 WC squad: Ishan Kishan

Written by Rohit Pawar

In the last couple of games, Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan has got his mojo back. The youngster has silenced his critics with his performance with the bat and showed why he was selected for the upcoming T20 World Cup, starting next week in the UAE and Oman.

Kishan, who scored 84 runs off just 32 balls against SunRisers Hyderabad on Friday, revealed his emotional chat with Virat Kohli, which gave him clarity in his role in the World Cup.

“I had a good chat with Virat bhai, Jasprit bhai also helped me. Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya also supported me. Everyone supported me and said this is a learning stage for me and make sure that I should learn from my mistakes here and not repeat it during the T20 World Cup,” said Ishan after the match against SunRisers Hyderabad.

“Virat bhai told me ‘You are selected as an opener, you just have to be prepared for that. But at the bigger level, you need to be prepared for everything,” he added.

Kishan was in a belligerent mood against SunRisers Hyderabad as he went hammer and tongs and didn’t spare a single SRH bowler to bring up his fifty in just 16 balls, the fastest half century this season.

It was raining boundaries and sixes for Kishan in every over as the Mumbai Indians raced to 78 runs in the first five overs. The menacing partnership between the openers was finally broken in the sixth over by Rashid Khan when he induced a top-edge from Rohit which was brilliantly caught by Mohammad Nabi running backwards.

But Kishan was in a relentless mood as he continued to use his long handle to great effect and put immense pressure on the SRH attack. It looked like child’s play for Kishan as he clobbered Rashid over the deep midwicket to bring up the team’s 100 in 7.1 overs.

Kishan finally departed in the 10th over when he top edged an Umran Malik delivery to Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps.

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