The three-times IPL champions Mumbai Indians are known to spring surprise packages. Some of the domestic players they launch eventually end up in Team India’s dressing room.
However this year it seems to be a slight deviation from the norm. They have benched young wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan in the first three games. His recent success in shortest format of the game means that this year’s IPL can be huge for his career.
However the Jharkhand player has been overlooked due to the veteran Yuvraj Singh. The 37-year-old veteran didn’t have any notable performances in the last year and half. He almost went unsold in the auction before MI bought him for base price of INR 1 crore. On the other hand Kishan was bought for INR 6.2 crore last season.
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Big asset for middle overs
Ishan is someone who has a natural instinct of hitting every delivery. He is especially required in the middle overs of the shortest format. This reduces the pressure of scoring in death overs.
Oppositions mainly bowl 5-6 overs of spin in these periods. Ishan is someone who can play spin very well. MI has fearless players like the Pandya brothers, Kieron Pollard and Ben Cutting. Now they need someone like Kishan at No. 4.
Kishan can also bat in the top three and can bat deep for 15 overs. He also rotates strike at a good pace. MI had fifty-plus opening partnership in last two games. Now they need someone like Kishan who can dominate over the spinners in the middle overs.