Though Mumbai Indians got knocked out the playoffs of IPL 2021, they bowed out of the tournament in style, registering a resounding victory over SunRisers Hyderabad in the 55th math of the tournament at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. They posted a mammoth target of 236 runs, most part of the credit of which goes to the prolific Indian younster Ishan Kishan.
Kishan scored a blistering 84 runs in just 32 balls while scoring the fastest fifty of the season, laced with 11 boundaries and four sixes to propel the Mumbai Indians to their and overall, highest total of this season.
The Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman, who has been included in Team India’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup setup, revealed that skipper Virat Kohli has advised him to prepare for the role of the opener in the marquee event.
“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, was very positive. We had to get somewhere around 250-260, it was the intent and positive intent. The one I smacked off Malik through the covers – that’s the one (his favourite shot). In this tournament, you have to be prepared for every circumstance. It’s important to be in the right mindset and you need to go with your best form,” Ishan Kishan told host broadcaster Star Sports after the game against SunRisers Hyderabad.
“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 world cup games. That was the part where I learned from them. I was just taking one point at a time. 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 I feel,” he added.
With the help of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, the Mumbai Indians ended the tournament on a winning note, at the fifth position of the IPL Points Table.
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