Ishan Kishan, IPL 2018, Mumbai Indians
Ishan Kishan, on Wednesday, slammed the joint fastest fifty for Mumbai Indians © IANS

Ishan Kishan was India’s Under-19 captain in 2016 and finished runners-up. While his U-19 teammate Rishabh Pant has made headlines with his belligerent approach, Kishan has not ruled headlines as often. However, things were destined to change on Wednesday night. The Mumbai Indians (MI) wicketkeeper-batsman smashed the joint fastest fifty for his franchise (17 ball) to slam a 21-ball 62, guiding his side to a much-needed win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Kishan has received immense support from his MI skipper Rohit Sharma, and at state cricket level, MS Dhoni has taken him under his wings. Kishan plays for Jharkhand, Dhoni’s state side. As a wicketkeeper-batsman, Kishan has benefitted from Dhoni’s presence.

IPL 2018: Ishan Kishan slams joint-fastest fifty in MI history, against KKR at Eden Gardens
IPL 2018: Ishan Kishan slams joint-fastest fifty in MI history, against KKR at Eden Gardens

Kishan spoke on Rohit and Dhoni’s influence in the play during the post-match press conference.

“It’s always good if a youngster gets to bat up in the order, and if your franchise and skipper backs you,” said Kishan. Speaking of Dhoni, Kishan added, “I think he helps me a lot. Whenever I meet him, I get a lot of tips from him. He is a legend. He tells me how I can take time and access the situation. I feel confident when they talk to me. Dhoni-bhaiya and Rohit-bhaiya back me. They say ‘you have played a very good knock’ and just back yourself.”

Kishan has helped MI to the fourth spot in the IPL 2018 points table. He has scored 238 runs in the season at 26.44, and the runs have come at a strike rate of 161.