Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli told me to forget thinking about price tag: Mumbai Indians star Ishan Kishan
Mumbai Indians star Ishan Kishan said on Wednesday, May 11 that the pressure of the price tag will only remain with a player for a couple of days of the auction but that it's important to focus on helping the team win and improving one's game.
Ishan Kishan said the presence of experienced players in the dressing room and the opportunity to speak to players like Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya helped them overcome the price tag pressure.
Ishan Kishan made headlines when he was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 15.25 crore at the mega auction in February. The Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batter became the highest-paid player at the IPL auction as Mumbai Indians splashed the cash in excess of Rs 10 crore on a player for the first time in their history.
Ishan began IPL 2022 on a good note, hitting a 48-all 81 not out against Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening match of the season. He followed it up with a fifty against Rajasthan Royals in the next game but as MI's form slumped, Ishan's form also took a beating.
The young wicketkeeper-batter managed a string of low scores -- 14, 26, 3, 13, 0, 8 as Mumbai struggled at the top, losing their first 8 matches. Ishan, though, has been able to show glimpses of a return to form with two valuable contributions to the team's victories. He also hit a fifty in their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders but it ended up in vain as MI lost once again.
"The pressure of the price tag will be on you for a maximum of `1-2 days after the auction. But at this level, you have to understand that I can’t keep such things in mind and I only have to focus on how to help my team win. The pressure of the price tag certainly will remain for a few days but when you have such good seniors around you, when you keep talking to them, it helps," Ishan said while talking to the media on the eve of MI's match against Chennai Super Kings.
"When I spoke to Rohit bhai, or even to Virat Kohli bhai during the game against RCB and Hardik bhai, everyone told me the same thing ‘you don’t have to think about the price tag’ because it’s not something I have asked for. The team had belief in me, so they did spend the money," he added.
"Instead of thinking about the pressure of the price tag, it’s important to think about my game and being in the zone. So talking to the senior players really helped. They have played the game for so long and handled different situations. For them also, at some point, the auction price would have gone up. So I learned how they handled the situation then."
Ishan, who is now one of the senior members of the new-look MI side, said he has been focussed on helping young players be at ease even when he is not able to score runs and contribute to the team's cause.
"I feel very light. i am not even thinking about the price tag for me, is secondary for me. Even when you are not in form, you have to think of how you can help other players flourish."
EASY TO WRITE ANYTHING
Ishan Kishan has faced criticism and flak on social media as he went through a lean patch in IPL 2022 but the young wicketkeeper said he doesn't spend time getting to know what people are saying about his game.
"Sir, I don’t check what people are saying. From the outside, you can say anything you want because you are not in the players’ situations. It’s easy to pick up your phone and write something. I don’t get bothered by what people comment on social media. If they get joy in writing such stuff, then let it be. I don’t get bothered," he added.