Ishan Kishan credits Pollard, Hardik for his improvement

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Hyderabad: Ishan Kishan has been in terrific form of late. The youngster had a good outing for the champions Mumbai Indians in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League and the youngster was drafted into the Indian side for the T20 series against England.

However, he had to wait for his debut cap after being benched for the opener. The southpaw credited his teammates at Mumbai Indians Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya for his improved performance. “It’s very important to be mentally strong, and to that extent, you mature as a player each year. The support of mentors and senior cricketers helps in that regard. I think each IPL has been a learning experience for me. I was fortunate to get the opportunity to express myself and that helped me get the confidence moving forward,” said Kishan.

“A few interactions that helped my game so much have been with Hardik (Pandya), Krunal (Pandya), and (Kieron) Pollard. I have seen how they plan a game, map their innings, confuse opposition by switching between big-hitting and strike rotation. I am a confident person. Watching them and talking to them has played an integral role in giving me that confidence which has helped my game a lot. I am fortunate to have that kind of exposure,” he added.