IPL 2020: Ishan Kishan Is A Real Package, Says Tom Moody
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IPL 2020: Ishan Kishan Is A Real Package, Says Tom Moody

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan of Mumbai Indians is a ‘real package’ and one of the most promising youngsters in India currently according to Tom Moody, who is a former Australian all-rounder.

Ishan Kishan rose to 4th spot in leading run-scorers in IPL 2020 with 483 runs in 13 matches averaging 53.66 with 4 fifties and a highest of 99.

Tom Moody
Tom Moody (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians Batsmen Trio Have Scored 4 Fifties Each And Are In Top 10 Among Leading Run Scorers

After finishing the league stage of IPL 2020 as the top-ranked team and being the first team to qualify for playoffs, Mumbai Indians dished out another clinical performance on Thursday to storm into the final of IPL 2020. Batting first, MI posted 200/5, in reply to which Delhi Capitals could only manage 143/8, allowing the defending champions to beat them in Qualifier 1 by 57 runs and book a place in final.

Apart from Suryakumar Yadav who held the batting together in the middle order with a fourth fifty of the season, against DC on Thursday and the batsman took his tally to 461 runs averaging 41.9. Besides him, Quinton de Kock has also been a formidable figure at the top of the batting order with 483 runs from 15 matches averaging 37.15.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav

The likes of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard have regularly managed to give MI the impetus they needed in the death overs. The trio of Ishan Kishan, Quinton De Kock and Suryakumar Yadav scored four fifties each and are placed 4th, 5th and 7th respectively in leading run-scorers list in IPL 2020.

One of the biggest positives for the four-time defending champions seems to have been youngster Ishan Kishan who is 4th in leading run-scorers list and played his first match of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore and hit a scintillating 99.

Ishan Kishan is a wicketkeeper-batsman and has a pretty impressive figure behind the wicket with the gloves too. Yet his name goes missing whenever there are talks of India’s next wicket-keeper with the likes of Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant’s name being featured frequently and are the first two that come to mind, almost taking the attention off Ishan Kishan.

Ishan Kishan Can Open And Bat In Middle Order As He Is Flexible: Tom Moody

However, former Australian all-rounder coach and commentator Tom Moody feels that after the success of this season, Ishan Kishan the wicketkeeper is sure to enter the reckoning and even though he hasn’t kept wickets for MI this year with Quinton De Kock behind stumps, it doesn’t take anything away from the fact that the 22-year-old is a ‘real package’ and one of the most promising keeper batsmen in India currently.

“We’ll start hearing about him for sure. He has been in the shadows and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be under the spotlight now because we’re only seeing the batting that he has to offer,” Tom Moody told ESPNCricinfo.

“We do know that he can keep as well. He doesn’t need to keep in that Mumbai side so he’s the real package. The other thing is that he can open the batting and also looks comfortable batting in the middle and that’s quite rare for a young player to have that sort of open mind and flexibility.”

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan. Photo Credit: Getty Images,

“I did listen to an interview that he did couple of games ago. He was talking about how he was pretty chilled about the fact that opens or bats at 4 or 5, it didn’t matter to him. He was quite happy to play whatever role that was required. That maturity in itself was quite significant.”

Like Tom Moody pointed out, Ishan Kishan has been brilliant wherever he has batted for MI this season. He had excelled as an opener, taking place when Rohit Sharma was injured and done equally well in the middle order. On Thursday, the fact that MI got to 200 had a lot to do with Ishan Kishan’s batting.

“I just thought that his was a particularly mature innings. Let’s face it, Mumbai Indians ended up with 200 but the only reason they ended up with that many I think was because of his craftsmanship in the middle of the innings. They did lose a couple of key wickets, particularly Rohit Sharma at the top and then Pollard went very quickly.

“But he seemed to steady the ship and be the sort of backbone for the innings without any fuss. He seems to be able to navigate those difficult times quite comfortably. When he hits boundaries, he’s got this unbelievable ability to hit the ball out of the ground,” Moody added.

With MI’s score reading 122/4 in the 15th over, together, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya took the Delhi pace attack to the cleaners by scoring 78 runs in the last five overs to ensure MI did not waste the start provided by Quinton De Kock and Suryakumar Yadav. Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 37 while Ishan Kishan scored 55 not out. Earlier, Quinton De Kock scored 40, and Suryakumar Yadav scored 51.

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