IPL 2019: Ishan Kishan says handling pressure of expectations at Mumbai Indians will help him in long run

Ishan Kishan batted at number four for MI against SRH in place of Yuvraj Singh who had managed to tally 98 runs in the first four games. He was run out for 17 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday.

Press Trust of India, Apr 09, 2019 19:50:45 IST

Mumbai: Young Mumbai Indians batsman Ishan Kishan hopes to meet the high expectations his team has from him, having replaced veteran Yuvraj Singh in the previous game.

"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, said Kishan here ahead of Wednesday's IPL match against Kings XI Punjab.

File image of Ishan Kishan. Sportzpics

File image of Ishan Kishan. Sportzpics

Kishan batted at number four in place of Yuvraj who had managed to tally 98 runs in the first four games. He was run out for 17 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday.

Asked whether he was now sure of his place, Kishan said, "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.

The Jharkhand player was candid in saying that although he would love to keep wickets too for MI instead of playing just as a pure batsman he knew that South African Quinton de Kock was MI's first choice.

"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."

Kishan disagreed with the notion that he had fallen behind in the race for the wicket keeper's slot for India behind his deputy in the Under 19 World Cup, Rishabh Pant, who has already played in Tests and is in the running to make the squad for the upcoming World Cup.

"I don't feel I have fallen behind. My focus is on improving my cricket."

He also felt that fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who was a member of the victorious West Indies team in the U19 World Cup in Bangladesh in which he also took part, has improved significantly as a bowler.

Joseph has been roped in by MI as replacement for the injured and unavailable Adam Milne of New Zealand and made a sensational debut with a record-breaking figures of 6-12 against SRH in Hyderabad.

"He did very well in the World Cup and helped the West Indies win it. He looks better than what he was in his under 19 days and has improved his line and length. He also reads the batsmen quite early. Because of his height he also gets extra bounce," said Kishan.

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Updated Date: Apr 09, 2019 19:51:03 IST


Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
9 7 2 0 14
9 6 3 0 12
9 5 4 0 10
9 5 4 0 10
8 4 4 0 8
8 4 4 0 8
8 2 6 0 4
8 1 7 0 2
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5007 116
2 New Zealand 3570 108
3 South Africa 4397 105
4 Australia 4566 104
5 England 5490 104
6 Sri Lanka 4737 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 7259 123
2 India 8508 120
3 New Zealand 6071 112
4 South Africa 6181 112
5 Australia 5701 108
6 Pakistan 5147 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 5280 135
2 India 5726 122
3 England 3036 121
4 Australia 3613 120
5 South Africa 3366 120
6 New Zealand 3367 116