Ishan Kishan: Dhoni’s Successor
Marked for stardom long before he had even played a first-class match or an Indian T20 League game, Ishan Kishan comes from a generation of players that grew up idolizing MS Dhoni’s exploits as a wicketkeeper-batter, and captain, for India. Ishan Kishan plays for Indian national cricket team and Mumbai Team in the Indian T20 League.
Ishan, who moved from Bihar to Jharkhand to further his cricket career in his teens, led India to the Under-19 World Cup final in 2016, captaining the likes of R. Pant, and has been part of 2 Indian T20 League victories with Mumbai Team (2019 and 2020).
An aggressive opening batter, he found the transition to the senior side difficult, with Pant making an instant impression as Dhoni’s successor. It didn’t help either that Ishan struggled for consistency in the Indian T20 League.
Ishan Kishan: Recent Seasons
His breakthrough season in 2020 pushed him on to the Indian selectors’ radar. But with Pant firmly established, and others like Sanju Samson and KL Rahul capable of keeping wicket, Ishan has yet to become a regular. He topped 400 runs again in the 2022 Indian T20 League season, but the strike rate of 120.11 was quite low, and he often struggled against the new ball. The coming few months, with another T20 World Cup looming, will be crucial in terms of his hopes of becoming a regular in the India set-up.
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Ishan Kishan’s Personal Details
- Ishan Pranav Kumar Pandey Kishan
- Date of Birth
- 18th July 1998
- Playing Role
- Batting Style
- Left-handed batter
- Major Teams Played For
- India, Gujarat team, Mumbai team
Ishan Kishan Current Rankings
As of 22 Aug. 2022, Ishan Kishan is ranked 14th in the T20I batting rankings.
- ICC Batting Rankings
Ishan Kishan Stats
As of 22 Aug. 2022, Ishan Kishan has the below stats in the ODI and T20I format for India.
- 59 vs. SL
- 89 vs. SL
Ishan Kishan - Key Skills and Strengths
At his best, Ishan is a combination of the two wicketkeepers he grew up idolizing: MS Dhoni and Australia’s Adam Gilchrist. Gilchrist set the standard for wicketkeepers who batted left-handed at the top of the order. When he’s at his most fluent, Ishan has the ability to both find gaps in the field and clear the rope with big sixes.
He can adapt to situations too, as evidenced by his 5 first-class centuries, including a mammoth 273 for Jharkhand as a teenager in 2016. Though currently seen as a white-ball option, it’s possible that he could follow Rishabh Pant, his Under-19 teammate, and become an all-format player.
Ishan Kishan Awards and Achievements
With Dhoni playing until the 2019 World Cup, and Pant making such a thrilling impression when given a chance, opportunities with the Indian cricket team have been scarce for Ishan. But with India increasingly favoring different teams for the three formats, he should get more chances.
Here are some of Conway’s biggest records and achievements in international cricket:
Ishan is only the 2nd Indian, after Ajinkya Rahane, to score a half century on his T20I debut. He made 56 against England at Ahmedabad in March 2021.
Ishan Kishan’s Indian T20 League Journey
Ishan was still a teenager when the Gujarat team picked him up at the Indian T20 League auction before the 2016 season. He could manage only 1 half century in 16 matches across two seasons with them, but that didn’t stop the Mumbai team from paying a whopping ₹6.2 crores for him in the 2018 auction. After two disappointing seasons, he had a stellar 500-run year in 2020. Though the 2021 season was disappointing, Mumbai spent ₹15.25 crores to retain him in 2022.
Here are some of Ishan’s biggest achievements in the Indian T20 League:
Ishan was Mumbai’s leading run scorer with 516 when they won their 5th title in 2020.
He also led the list of six-hitters in 2020, finishing with 30 of them by the end of the season.
- Indian T20 League
- 99 vs. Bangalore
Ishan Kishan: FAQs
Currently, Ishan plays for the Indian cricket team since 2021 and in the Indian T20 League, he has played for the Mumbai Team since 2018.
His preferences were for Chennai, because of the Dhoni connection, and Rajasthan, where his India Under-19 coach, Rahul Dravid, played for years.
Ishan is sometimes called “Definite,” a nickname inspired by the character Definite Khan in the Bollywood film Gangs of Wasseypur.
Though he has tried to model his playing style on Dhoni and Gilchrist, Ishan is also a huge fan of Virat Kohli.
Govinda, who was a Bollywood icon long before Ishan was born, is his favorite actor, along with Shah Rukh Khan.