MS Dhoni has inspired an entire generation of players after he became a world-beater in international cricket. Like Dhoni, Ishan Kishan also plays for Jharkhand in domestic cricket and regards him as his idol. The talented young batsman has once again showcased his talent in the ongoing IPL 2020 playing for Mumbai Indians.
In 2016, Kishan was the captain of India’s U-19 team in Bangladesh that made it to the finals. The likes of Rishabh Pant, Khaleel Ahmed and Washington Sundar have all represented India in international cricket. All these players played under Kishan but realised their dreams before him of playing for team India.
MS Dhoni’s Motivating Advice To Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan has several times mentioned that his ultimate dream is to represent the Indian side. Even after success in IPL, Kishan is still expecting his maiden Indian call-up which he truly deserves. While hew awaits his first chance to play for India, Dhoni has advised the 22-year-old to be patient.
Kishan’s childhood coach Uttam Mazumdar recently revealed the chat that Dhoni had with him. He stated that Kishan shared the dressing room with Dhoni during the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. Dhoni motivated Ishan by telling him to spend more time at the crease and keep focusing on the process.
“MS and the others in the team used to call him Chhotu. That period, during which Ishan shared the dressing room with MS, was indeed a major experience for him,” Mazumdar told The Telegraph.
“MS used to tell him, ‘You have so many shots in your armoury, so you should just look to spend more time at the crease and be patient.’ Those words from MS motivated Ishan a lot, and the good listener and keen learner that he is, he keeps them in mind all the time”.
“As a wicketkeeper too, he’s a safe bet and his fielding also shows how fit he is,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kishan has so far garnered 483 runs at an average of 53.66 and strike rate of 144. 17. IPL 2020 has by far been the best season for Kishan with the bat as he has looked in full command of his game. The exciting young batsman will be a key player for MI today when they take on Delhi Capitals in the final.