Ishan Kishan played a matured knock as Dwayne Smith piled on 74 off 39    BCCI
Ishan Kishan played a matured knock as Dwayne Smith piled on 74 off 39 BCCI

Post Gujarat Lions (GL) thrilling victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in match 47 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, opener Dwayne Smith praised his partner Ishan Kishan, calling him a future talent. Dwayne s 39-ball 74 was the biggest contribution to GL s innings, as they chased down a competitive 190 with the loss of 4 wickets. Hashim Amla s 104-run effort went in vain as Smith and Kishan provided the team a powerful start to accumulate the desired runs. Kishan, who has played explosive knocks earlier, played a rather composed one of 29 off 24 deliveries, letting Smith play his natural game and take the team home. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Gujarat Lions (GL), IPL 2017, Match 47 at Mohali

BCCI posted a video of Dinesh Karthik interviewing Smith, in which he was caught praising the young Indian batsman. Kishan is a good guy for the future and we need to keep him going. I am sure he will be the one for the future. He also spoke about the feel-good factor of his own knock. It feels really good because I had some very disappointing knocks coming into this game but for me, I am always positive and to get a good score and to help the team to win was really good. So I am really happy.

Smith was dropped by KXIP s David Miller when he was on 42. When Karthik asked if he had given up when the catch went up, Smith agreed.

It (the catch) went to Miller. He is good with catches. I was a bit worried but when he dropped it I was very happy.