Mumbai Indians raised plenty of eyebrows when they splashed INR 6.2 crores on Ishan Kishan, a young wicket-keeper who had very little Indian Premier League experience. Contrary to the popular opinion, IPL Ishan Kishan has been one of the rare positive things about Mumbai Indians’ season thus far as they are on the brinks of elimination at the group stages. Ishan Kishan IPL 2018 has been Mumbai’s secret weapon at the top order where he has gone hard at the opposing bowlers and has managed 151 runs from 8 matches and has won rave reviews for his wicket-keeping. Ishan Kishan MI campaign is certain to end in the group stages after their defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore where Ishan Kishan Mumbai Indians was dismissed on the first ball against Umesh Yadav. However, that duck will not be the defining factor about Ishan Kishan IPL 2018 rather we will hear a lot about the young wicket-keeper who has all the attributes of playing for Indian in coming years. Having said that, there are a lot of Ishan Kishan facts which are unknown to his and Mumbai Indians fans. On that note, we take a look at the 10 Ishan Kishan facts or 10 Ishan Kishan facts you probably didn’t know about the young Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan.
1). Ishan Kishan made his debut at the age of 16
Ishan Kishan’s talents were spotted early and he was given a chance by Jharkhand’s team at the age of 16 when he made his Ranji Trophy debut against Assam. One of the unknown Ishan Kishan facts is that he scored 60 runs on his first-class debut innings and managed 6 runs in the 2nd innings against Assam. Kishan also managed to take a catch. Speaking of debut, Kishan’s T20 debut did not go down well when he got out for a duck on his T20 debut in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game against Tripura.
2). Ishan Kishan did not take Cricket seriously at first
One of the surprising Ishan Kishan facts is that the young batsman was never serious about making his big break in cricket and played the game for fun as a youngster. It was people around him who spotted his talent and molded him into the player he is today.
3). Ishan Kishan’s story is a bit similar to Sachin Tendulkar’s
Ishan Kishan shares a similar story that of Sachin Tendulkar where Ishan’s elder brother Raj Kishan gave up his promising Cricketing career to ensure Ishan got his due reward and was brought to speed in terms of his domestic cricket exposure. Another Ishan Kishan fac and similarity to Sachin’s story is how Ishan left his schooling early to ensure he puts Cricket as his sole priority and the Mumbai Indians star has certainly succeeded at doing it.
4). Ishan Kishan moved from Bihar to Jharkhand
When Ishan Kishan was growing up, he represented Bihar in State Cricket having been born and brought up in Patna. However, Bihar soon lost its affiliation with the BCCI and a young Ishan Kishan had to move to Jharkhand to continue his cricket progress, a move he later was fortunate of making it.
5). MS Dhoni is not exactly Ishan Kishan’s idol
There have been plenty of report going around that MS Dhoni is Ishan Kishan’s idol and he has even modeled his game on Dhoni’s playing style, however, Ishan Kishan revealed in an interview last year that Australian star David Warner is his idol and he loves the way Warner goes hard at the bowling in the initial overs.
6). Ishan Kishan Captained Indian at the U-19 World Cup
Ishan Kishan led India to the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 with Rahul Dravid being the coach. The Indian side breezed past every side until they met West Indies in the final and ended up losing the final. Ishan Kishan did not have a good tournament with the bat as he could manage only 1 half-century in the competition.
7). Ishan Kishan’s Road Rage controversy
A rather unfortunate Ishan Kishan fact takes us back to January 12 2016, when Ishan Kishan’s car hit an auto rickshaw and according to reports, the player was even arrested for reckless driving.
8). Ishan Kishan played for Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017
Prior to his experience in IPL 2018, Ishan Kishan played for Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017 and made a big impact on the competition. Kishan scored 277 runs from 11 matches was the 5th highest run-getter for Gujarat Lions.
9). Mumbai Indians spent INR 6.2 cr on Ishan Kishan
After impressing everyone in the IPL 2017, Mumbai Indians decided to spend big on Ishan Kishan and signed the youngster for a whopping INR 6.2 crores. Kishan had only set his base price of INR 40 Lakhs. MI team see Kishan as their long-term wicket-keeping option and hope to build a team around him in coming seasons.
10). Ishan Kishan has learned a thing or two from MS Dhoni
During the recent Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings clash, MS Dhoni was not shy about walking up to Ishan Kishan and telling a few pointers to improve his game. Both Kishan and Dhoni have played together for Jharkhand in the past and Dhoni has even given Kishan batting tips to improve his game. According to Kishan, Dhoni asked him to be more composed on the crease and change his stance to be more effective with the bat.
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