Ishan Kishan Became Fearless Due To Meditation, Says Coach Uttam Mazumdar
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Ishan Kishan Became Fearless Due To Meditation, Says Coach Uttam Mazumdar

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan’s coach Uttam Mazumdar has highlighted the importance of meditation in the recent success of the 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman. Uttam Mazumdar further stated that he wasn’t surprised when Ishan Kishan stepped out to hit a six off the first delivery he faced in ODI cricket.

Ishan Kishan smashed a blistering 59 off 42 balls in his ODI debut, helping India win the first game against Sri Lanka by seven wickets. What stood out was his confidence to hit the first ball he faced in ODI cricket for a six by dancing down the track.

Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)

Ishan Kishan Became Fearless Due To Meditation Which He Practiced After IPL 2021 Postponement: Coach Uttam Mazumdar

After the postponement of IPL 2021, Ishan Kishan took to meditating daily for 20 minutes. His coach asked him to envision his best knocks while thinking about his cricketing dreams coming true. Apart from meditation, the Indian youngster also took to practicing yoga for two hours daily under the advice of Uttam Mazumdar.

Ishan Kishan. Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Ishan Kishan. Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Speaking during an interaction with Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika, his coach explained how meditation has made Ishan Kishan completely fearless.

“Since he started meditating, all his fears were gone. Confidence has also increased a lot. He had the skills to start his one-day journey with a six. So I was not surprised after he stepped out against Dhananjay de Silva. He also hit four off the first ball in his Ranji Trophy debut. In this way, he tries to reduce the pressure.”

His coach explained how in modern-day cricket, it is not enough for batters to play just textbook shots as they need to keep the scoring rate up by playing aggressive strokes.

Uttam Mazumdar added: “Cricket has changed a lot now. You have to bat according to the text book and also push your team’s score forward by playing big shots. In the first match, Prithvi and Ishan’s fearless cricket helped the team win with 15 pvers to spare. I would want them to play with a similar approach in the upcoming game as well.”

After his impressive ODI debut, Ishan Kishan revealed that he had already announced in the dressing room that he would try to hit the first ball he faced for a six. Wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan, who made his One Day International debut for India on 18 July, scored a fast 59 off 42 balls against Sri Lanka. Ishan Kishan became the first Indian batsman to attain a half-century in the debut match in both T20 and One Day Internationals.

Ishan Kishan was the top run-getter for Mumbai Indians in the 2020 season, scoring 516 runs at an average of 57.33 while he had an indifferent campaign in IPL 2021 managing just 73 runs from 5 games averaging a dismal 14.6.

Ishan Kishan Told Everyone That Wherever The First Ball Lands, He Will Hit It For A Six Which He Did In Style

Speaking with official broadcaster Sony after the game, Ishan Kishan said that his mind was already made up even before stepping onto the field.

“Actually, everyone knew it, inside also I had already told everyone that once I go, wherever the first ball is, I will hit it for a six. Because the odds were in my favor – birthday plus a good pitch and I was playing my first ODI and I felt I could target him.”

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI: Skipper Shikhar Dhawan, debutant Ishant Kishan shine in 7-wicket victory over SL By: PTI | Updated: July 18, 2021 10:34 PM India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI: Chasing 262, India completed the task with 80 balls to spare at the R Premadasa Stadium. Kuldeep Chahal India vs Sri Lanka India's Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka's Avishka Fernando during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo)
India’s Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando during the first one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo)

India will be looking to wrap up the series when they take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Colombo on the date. Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to bat against India in the second ODI. India fielded an unchanged team in the 2nd ODI while pacer Kasun Rajitha came in for fast bowler Isuru Udana in the Sri Lankan XI.

Sri Lanka was 137/4 as Yuzvendra Chahal accounted for 2 scalps and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar picked a wicket apiece.  For Sri Lanka, opener Avishka Fernando scored 50.

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