IPL 2017: Ishan Kishan reveals he followed MS Dhoni's advice to smash 16-ball 39

By: Sujata Sarkar
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Kolkata, April 21: In his previous match in the ongoing IPL 2017, young left-hander Ishan Kishan made a stormy 39 off only 16 balls against heavyweights Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

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Since that superb innings, Kishan has been in the spotlight. Prior to his team Gujarat Lions' (GL) next encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) today (April 21) at Eden Gardens, Kishan assured of same effort. (GL-RCB match scorecard)

Ishan Kishan bats during IPL 2017

In addition, Kishan, in a brief conversation on Thursday (April 20) at Eden Gardens, Kishan did not forget to reveal, "Actually, while batting in the previous match, I had tried to follow Mahendra Singh Dhoni's philosophy. We had Mahi in Jharkhand dressing room this season for a long time during the domestic season. He always advised all of us to exhibit natural batting even during a crisis. I tried to follow that advice in my previous innings against RCB."

But despite having hogged the limelight, Kishan informed he was not much happy with his batting.

He said, "How can I be happy? We could not win the match. That is the main thing for any cricketer in a team."

When asked about KKR's strong bowling attack, the Jharkhand batsman said, "Yes, they have bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine. But from my perspective I can say, after having scored 39 runs (2x4, 4x6) off only 16 runs against RCB I have gained confidence. It will help me in tomorrow’s match."

Kishan continued, "Narine and Yadav are extremely good bowlers. But I feel the most dangerous bowler in KKR is Chris Woakes. Still I will not look at who is bowling against me. I will go to the pitch and try to follow Mahi's philosophy again by executing my natural batting. But at the same time, I will be happy if my team can beat KKR who are in tremendous form in last couple of matches."

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