Rohit Sharma backs Ishan Kishan after tough day


IND vs WI: Rohit Sharma backs Ishan Kishan after SHAKY innings – Captain Rohit Sharma has offered his support to young Ishan Kishan after the Indian opener struggled during his stay at the crease during the IND vs WI 1st T20 on Wednesday. The 23-year-old, fresh from his record bid at the IPL 2022 auction, struggled for rhythm and was eventually out after toiling on the pitch with no real plan of action. After the game, Rohit Sharma, who is also Kishan’s captain in the IPL, took him aside for a chat and gave him reassurance after a tough day in the office. Follow Insidesport.in for all India vs West Indies live updates.

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IND vs WI: Rohit Sharma backs Ishan Kishan after SHAKY innings against West Indies in 1st T20, says ‘Want to ensure he doesn’t go with too much pressure’

Ishan Kishan had a day to forget on Wednesday as he toiled against the West Indian bowlers on a tacky surface at the Eden Gardens. While Rohit Sharma looked in sublime touch, Kishan struggled to rotate strike and keep the tempo going, especially after the powerplay with both Akeal Hosein and Roston Chase keeping him quiet. The 23-year-old was eventually dismissed for a 42-ball 35, finding Fabian Allen in the deep in search of a rescue shot.

After the game, Rohit Sharma was seen animatedly chatting with Ishan Kishan along with the support staff, providing words of encouragement to the youngster after a difficult day. Kishan’s struggles against spin on slow surfaces are well documented, and Rohit was seen shadow batting, perhaps passing on some advice to his batting partner to work on.

IND vs WI: Rohit Sharma backs Ishan Kishan after SHAKY innings against West Indies in 1st T20, says ‘Want to ensure he doesn’t go with too much pressure’

When quizzed about the same in the post match presentation, Rohit Sharma said, ” I have been talking to him (Ishan) for a long time now, when he was playing with Mumbai Indians in the middle order which wasn’t his natural position. We saw in Chennai when the pitch was slow he wasn’t able to get going, we just want to make sure that we give him that confidence with what he needs to do and look to find that odd boundary in the middle.”

The Indian captain added, “It’s just about rotating strike in the middle and with Ishan it’s just about getting some game time and wearing the blue and playing for India, there’s too much pressure. It’s our job to make sure that whenever he steps in he’s quite comfortable.”

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IND vs WI: Rohit Sharma backs Ishan Kishan after SHAKY innings against West Indies in 1st T20, says ‘Want to ensure he doesn’t go with too much pressure’

Kishan on Saturday became the most expensive player of the IPL 2022 auction after Mumbai Indians shelled out a massive Rs 15.25 crore to retain his services for the new season. The 23-year-old had a good season with the bat in 2020 topping the charts for the Mumbai Indians, but had a mixed 2021 season. Kishan would hope that he can dispel all those concerns and get back amongst the runs and repay that faith, especially with the T20 World Cup also around the corner.

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