While India always had the luxuries batsman in the benchstrength, it is only in recent times that the same could be said of the bowlers and of wicket-keepers. India at the moment have Rishabh Pant who is the front-line wicketkeeper whereas Ishan Kishan is an explosive batsman and also a wicket-keeper, just like Pant. During an interview with the leading publication, Ishan Kishan discussed on many points of his career and about his equation with Rishabh Pant.
“Oh yes, he’s a very good friend. Whenever both of us are around, you’ll find us hanging out a lot with each other. We just keep watching movies whenever we find the time. We also talk a lot of cricket with each other – about the game, what could’ve been done differently. I speak my mind with him, and he does the same.”
While it is bound to have competition between the players in same category, Kishan denies of it between him and Pant and says that it does not cross their minds to take each other’s place.
“Never once has it crossed my mind that I want his place and I can assure you, that’s been the case with him too. And most importantly, when we are in the middle of our cricket routines, we don’t even think we’re competing with each other.”
With ample opportunities and backing from the team management, Pant has been able to establish himself as the frontline wicket-keeper for Team India and the left-hander has certainly arrived at a place where he has delivered substantial performances of hundreds in overseas conditions of England, Australia and South Africa unlike any other keeper-batsman for India.
Ishant Kishan was recently fetched by the Mumbai Indians for a whooping 15.25 crore. The left-hander was not retained by the Mumbai Indians during the retention process in November but MI went heavily for the southpaw knowing his explosive batting at the opening slot.
The player also revealed that he wanted to go back to Mumbai Indians as they are someone who understands his style of play and has groomed him over the years.
“There’s a reason why I wanted to come back to MI. They know me, they understand my game and I know my franchise and how it works. Because I’ve been part of this family, I was sure I didn’t want to go anywhere else”