IPL 2021: My Focus Is To Keep Watching The Ball And Middle It, Says Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan

Mumbai Indians (MI) batsman Ishan Kishan said that his focus is to time the ball well the moment he enters the crease rather than going after big hits. 

Ishan joined the five-time IPL champions in 2018 and has played an important role in the team’s middle-order to get quickfire runs in order to build the momentum for the team. 

Ishan Kishan missed a hundred against RCB

In a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2020, Ishan missed his maiden IPL hundred by one run but his efforts helped Mumbai Indians force a tie at the end and eventually lost in Super over. 

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ishan Kishan said he does not go for a six on the first ball

Ishan, who played five games and scored 73 runs in IPL 2021 so far, dismissed the claims that he wants to strike right from the first ball of his innings and his role is to middle the ball and settle down before going for the big shots. 

“No, it’s not like I always go for a first-ball six. But I know my game. I may or may not be in a positive mindset on the very first ball. In a lot of matches, it so happens that you go in and think to yourself to just play the ball a little before settling down and hitting big. But that is not my game. It’s the opposite for me. As soon as I go in, I need to middle the ball,” Ishan Kishan said, as reported by Sportskeeda. 

Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav. Image Credits: Twitter

“I’ve been told that if this is my game plan, I must remain focused from the first ball, keep watching the ball and middle it. That is why this advice has been given to me, and I will look to do that,” Ishan Kishan concluded,” he added. 

Mumbai Indians will restart their IPL 2021 campaign against rivals Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on September 19.

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