In the 51st match of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League, the defending champions Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Capitals by 9 wickets. Ishan Kishan was the hero of the match as he scored 72 runs off 47 balls and directed his side towards another victory. He was also awarded ‘Player of the Match’ for his match-winning knock.
This season he has scored 395 runs at an average of 49.37. At the same time, in 48 matches played so far, he has scored 1090 runs at an average of 26.58. He has now scored a total of 6 fifties out of which 3 fifties have been scored this season. Ishaan gave the team a good start by opening the innings with De Kock scoring 38 runs in the power play. Together with Kock, they formed a 68-run partnership for the team.
Meanwhile, the cricketer turned commentator, Aakash Chopra hailed Ishan Kishan for his sensational performance against Delhi Capitals on Saturday.
“About time to we start taking Ishan Kishan’s name when the talk is about India’s next wicket-keeper batsman. Kid’s got talent…and skills. #MI guaranteed a finish in the top 2”, he tweeted.
In the meantime, former Indian bowler, Harbhajan Singh replied to Chopra’s tweet and said,
“Yeah super talented #IshanKisan
@mipaltan he will surely play for India soon.”
The search for a new wicketkeeper continues after the retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Rishabh Pant was believed to be Dhoni’s successor but he has not been able to impress the selectors.
On the tour of Australia, Rishabh Pant has been included in the Test team along with Wriddhiman Saha. Pant has not been included in ODIs and T20s.
KL Rahul and Sanju Samson are included in the team in T20. KL Rahul has been selected in ODIs. Pant has scored 814 runs in 13 Tests played for India at an average of 38.76 and 374 runs in 16 ODIs at an average of 26.71. At the same time, in 27 T20s he has scored 410 runs at an average of 20.5.
Talking about Mumbai Indians, they are currently sitting on the top of the points table with 18 points. They have already qualified for the playoffs.