Currently, his batting rate of 117.15 is the fourth lowest of the batters to hit at least 150 balls in IPL 2022. However, there has been some improvement over the past three matches, with Kishan contributing scores of 51, 45 and 26. reflected the struggle of Mumbai.
“What worked well for me was that initially when I started the tournament I didn’t think too much, I was just hitting like I used to do,” Kishan said. “My focus was on giving the team a good start. But I think later, somewhere, somewhere I tried to finish the game and do the work for others who had to do it, and maybe I lost my focus in the first six overs.
“I also had a talk with the coach and the captain and they just said, ‘If you can give us a good start, it’s helpful for the team, so you don’t have to think about ending the game. standing there in the middle, you do that anyway.’ So right now my focus is just on giving a good start and making sure I don’t come out easy and when I’m the set batsman in the middle I make sure I have to be there to make it to the finish . game.”
Much of Kishan’s focus lately has been inward. He is known as a prankster on the team and has not let the fun element dry out. He emphasizes that significant lifestyle changes and an improved focus on diet and fitness have helped him make beneficial changes that he hopes will pay off in the future.
“During the previous seasons I didn’t follow diet plans and stuff, but now I follow it,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of older players around me do that. I’ve also had conversations with trainers about how the body helps you in your cricket, something I didn’t realize until now. Like, during wicketkeeping, my moves are still consistently good because a lot of it is loved dieting and how you train and form your routines.
“In the IPL competitions keep coming, sometimes you tend to miss the training part outside the competition. But now I have a good plan that I have drawn up in consultation with the trainers. And we follow it to make sure that the fitness is maintained and we feel good at the same time. Most of the guys who are in the Indian team are also following the same plan.
“Players feel quite nice about it. In a bubble we just look at how to use the time. The body is now used to the bubble life. We have all the facilities given to us by the Mumbai management – gym, trainers – three from those who are always behind us. So we’re focused on how to keep the body in the best shape and how we can perform at our best.”
“I’m not influenced by the comments people make, and I don’t think anyone else is. People will talk. If you have fans, you have haters.”
Ishan Kishan on dealing with pressure
Kishan’s lack of form has invariably been associated with IPL auction pressure. He was the most expensive signing of the season at INR 15.25 crore. He admits it was on his mind early on, but he’s moved on and chats with older players on the subject have helped bring clarity.
“The pressure on the price tag lasts for a while,” he said. “Maybe on auction day, or maybe a day or two after that. But at the level you’re playing and have been playing for a while, I know what’s most important. Do I keep that pressure in your head or focus on how you make matches for can win the team Obviously there will be pressure on the price tag for a while, but if you have good seniors around you, if a player around you feels that way, there are a lot of seniors around you.
“Rohit, Virat, Hardik – they all said the same thing. ‘Don’t worry about the price tag pressure, it’s not something you asked for. Instead of thinking about that, think about cricket and be in your zone .’ This is important.’ It’s possible that they’ve been in a situation like this before, how did they handle it then?These are things I’ve talked about.
“I feel very light now, I don’t even think about it. Price tag is secondary. The focus – whether you’re sold for 1 crore, base price or 15 crores – it’s about how you make the team win. Or if you out of shape, how to help others to get the best out of themselves. The focus was on that.”
Has he been bothered by the outside noise and chatter about his shape, auction price? Not at all, if you are to believe Kishan.
“I don’t really control who says what,” he said. “I know they’re not in our situation. If I had been sitting outside, I might have written a lot about everyone too. It’s easiest to grab your phone and type away.”
“I saw some players, new to the team, looking at the commentary sections after the game. I told them, ‘There’s nothing to gain from reading this. Those people aren’t playing and they don’t know what pressure we’ve gone through.’ It’s easy for them to write that there should have been a six, they might want 36 runs in six balls, but cricket is not that simple.
“What the situation is in the middle, what the team needs at that moment … every player likes to play shots, but sometimes you see several players with a lot of hitting power also playing on the merit of each ball, for 25 balls. Because that is a situation where you need a partnership.
“It’s easy for the public to write. But yes, there are also fans who know what you are going through and who support you. When you see it on social media or see your manager, you will see you also get support in your free time.
“But I’m not influenced by the other comments people make, and I don’t think anyone else is. People will talk. If you have fans, you also have haters. They get fun writing it, it’s okay. It doesn’t affect us, and we don’t even see those messages.”
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo