IPL 2019: Will Ishan Kishan ever get his shot for the Mumbai Indians?
If there is one team that can be credited for playing a part in the progress of some incredible talents in Indian cricket, then Mumbai Indians deserve all the applause for it. But are they doing the same for Ishan Kishan?
The likes of Pandya brothers and Jasprit Bumrah have become regulars in the national side owing to their immense performances for Mumbai. Even Rohit Sharma had joined them in the 2011 season when he wasn’t having the best of times in his career, and since then has propelled to become one of the greatest ever batsmen to have played the limited overs game.
So, it is clear that Mumbai has a tradition of giving an adequate platform to starlets.
Does Ishan Kishan deserve a spot in the team?
Just fathom this; Ishan Kishan was the captain of a side having Rishabh Pant in it in the U-19 World Cup three years ago. Since then, Pant has achieved a good amount of success in the international circuit, but Kishan is yet to be reckoned for national selection.
Though he plays for the India A and has come off a great domestic season, Kishan just doesn’t seem to be getting the right sort of elevation currently. The fact is, Mumbai Indians can help him achieve that, but they have chosen against it for now.
That is the most interesting part currently. This is because they played him in all 14 matches last season when he scored a modest 275 runs including two fifties. It should be noted that Ishan is only 20 years of age, and he had played some really impressive knocks last time around when he was only 19.
He can get a bit carried away at times, especially against spinners, but that’s a part of the learning curve for every upcoming batsman. Ishan is already captaining Jharkhand and anyone who followed the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament knows how brilliant he was whilst taking on the bowlers. He led the side with responsibility and that will improve the maturity facet of his game too.
Is Mumbai hampering their investment by not playing him?
If you have played a 19-year-old with fairly a decent amount of success for 14 matches once, it is very important to back him up for the next term again. Especially, this is a very nascent stage in any cricketer’s life. He is already captaining his stateside in the presence of some stalwarts of the team, and a boost of confidence would have propelled him to do even better this time around.
Even a certain Virat Kohli took time to get used to the demands of the IPL, and Ishan needed better opportunities this time around. He already has five and three centuries in first class and List A cricket with the highest score of 273 in Ranji Trophy whilst averaging around 40 in both formats.
His wicket-keeping is quite good too, having kept to the express pacers like Bumrah, Varun Arron and quality spinners as well. Kishan is a powerful striker of the ball, someone who can boost up the flow of runs and has the tenacity to play long innings as well. He is already under the good guidance of Rahul Dravid in the India A setup. If given more chances at the top of the order for Mumbai Indians, he could further push his case towards national selection.
Hailing from the same state as MS Dhoni, Ishan surely carries a bundle of talent as well as having led the stateside at a very early age. Will he replace his idol in the Indian team sometime? Maybe, but Mumbai Indians will have to play a huge role in that.