Ishan Kishan was just five when his father, Pranav Kumar Pandey, introduced him to coach Uttam Mazumdar at the Moin-ul-Haq stadium in Patna. Uttam Mazumdar, just like he used to do with other students, asked Ishan Kishan to go to the nets and face a couple of deliveries. Watching a young Ishan Kishan batting with confidence, coach Uttam Mazumdar decided to take him under his wing.
Ishan Kishan Has Struggled Putting In A Lot Of Hard Work: Coach Uttam Mazumdar Credits Him For Playing A Match Winning Knock
“It’s sixteen years of hard work put in by Ishan and me. He has struggled a lot and put in a lot of hard work to reach this level. It was a proud moment for me to see him debut for India and play a match-winning knock. I was in tears when he dedicated that knock to my father who passed away recently,” Mazumdar told Timesofindia.com.“He was five when he came to the stadium with his father. I took him to the nets and bowled a couple of deliveries to him. I realized he was talented and agreed to coach him. I told his father – this guy is a prodigy and that he will go a long way,” he said.
“Ishan called me ahead of the match and said Virat bhai came and said you are making your debut today. He was very emotional at that moment. I just said, everyone makes a debut but there are very few who make their debuts unforgettable,” Mazumdar further told TimesofIndia.com.“I told him to stay calm and be composed and relaxed. I told him – ‘you have faced world-class bowlers in the IPL and you have smashed them all over the park’. So, go with the same mindset and intent.”
“My coach’s dad passed away a few days back and this inning was for him,” Ishan had said during the post-match presentation.“I was waiting for his call. He called me at 1 am. He was really happy. He was very close to my father. Ishan always loved my father. My father always blessed him. In 2019, Ishan came to my place after a domestic match and sat with my father. My father predicted that Ishan will play for India in 2021. And his words came true. That was a huge blessing,” Mazumdar said.
Narrating the incident, coach Mazumdar said: “Ishan said ‘Sir I forgot to raise my bat after the half-century’. He said ‘Virat told me to show your bat’. Then he raised his bat and greeted the crowd.”
Ishan Kishan Has Got A Lot Of Confidence From Rohit Sharma: Coach Uttam Mazumdar
“Ishan has got a lot of confidence from Rohit. He has played a lot of cricket under Rohit’s captaincy. Ishan has learned the art of playing fearlessly from Rohit. Ishan is fortunate to have a captain like Rohit,” Ishan’s childhood coach Mazumdar further told TimesofIndia.com.
Ishan’s coach Mazumdar said: “They all respect each other. They have played cricket at the junior level together. The best part is that Ishan has spent more time in the domestic circuit in comparison with others. So he can handle pressure more than anyone else.”
“Cementing a place in the Indian team is very tough and challenging. I have asked him to take it one step at a time. The best part is that Ishan, Washington, and Rishabh were all groomed under Rahul Dravid sir. He has polished these cricketers and the results are in front of us.” Mazumdar signed off.
Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli added 94 runs in 9 overs for the 2nd wicket in the 2nd T20I as Virat Kohli roared back to form by hitting an unbeaten 73 off 49 balls. Rohit Sharma who was rested for the first two T20Is asked Ishan Kishan, who was due to open for India, to play as freely as he does in the IPL.