Kishan credits Rohit for backing him

Kishan credits Rohit for backing him

Young Ishan Kishan, whose batting pyrotechnics played a part in Mumbai Indians massive win on Wednesday, has credited skipper Rohit Sharma for backing him despite his repeated failures.

After some below-par outings, Kishan's day of reckoning finally came with the 19-year-old smashing a brilliant 62 off just 21 balls to help Mumbai Indians' cause.

"Rohit bhaiya told me to just back yourself and attack. When your skipper and team-mates are backing you, it's just about playing your natural game," Ishan said after MI thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 102 runs.

Picked up by MI for Rs 6.20 crore after an intense bidding with Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Jharkhand wicketkeeper batsman struggled initially with three ducks, forcing his team management to drop him down in the batting order from no 3 to 4.

But Kishan finally showed his mettle when, sent in, MI looked in a disarray on 62 for two after nine overs. The diminuitive left-hander then came in and tore apart the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine to help the defending champions post an imposing 210 for six.

"The coach also said in the time out that just be yourself, back yourself. We need some good hits today. Rohit bhaiya also said the same. 'You can hit well just look at the ball and get with the flow.'

"They knew that if I remained there I can get a lot of runs. I just had to look at the ball till the last moment and keep it going," Kishan said.

Kishan went ballistic against Kuldeep in the 14th over with four consecutive sixes and in the process notched up his fifty in 17 balls, the joint second fastest half-century of the season.

"Kuldeep is outgoing for me (the one that turns away from me) but he loves to bowl the googly at me. I've played him earlier as well. I knew he would look to get me stumped by bowling outside off. My target was if the ball was in my arc, just get the ball out of the park," said Kishan about his strategy.

KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik came out in support of chinaman Kuldeep, who leaked 43 runs from his three overs.

"He (Kuldeep) brings in a lot of control in the middle and it's hard when he goes for runs. These things happen in a game of cricket. He gets picked in all three formats and he is a confident young guy. He knows it's one of those bad days," Karthik said at the post-mach press conference.