'If you don't play for a long time...' - Ishan Kishan's coach recalls receiving tips from MS Dhoni before debut

Kishan’s coach Uttam Majumdar talked about the 24-year-old’s training and revealed what former cricketer Dhoni told him before his debut.

Rohit Kumar
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Ishan Kishan and MS Dhoni (Source - Twitter)

Ishan Kishan and MS Dhoni (Source - Twitter)

Displaying insane power-hitting, the young India batter Ishan Kishan smashed a double century in the third ODI against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Saturday. Kishan scored 210 runs off just 131 balls, which includes 24 fours and 10 sixes.

After winning the toss, Bangladesh captain Litton Das invited India to put runs on the scoreboard.  India lost the opener, Shikhar Dhawan, early in the innings, for just 3 off 8. After getting off to a watchful start, Ishan joined hands with former skipper Virat Kohli and put up a 290-run stand for the second wicket.

Kishan’s coach Uttam Majumdar talked about the 24-year-old’s training and also revealed what former cricketer MS Dhoni told him before his India debut.

"Even before Ishan made his India debut, I know MS would tell him that if a talent like him doesn't play for the country for a long time, he will be doing injustice not to anyone else but himself", Majumdar was quoted as saying.

‘Kishan’s elder brother was also a talented cricketer’- Uttam Majumdar

Majumdar stated that Kishan's elder brother was also a talented cricketer but had to sacrifice sports for a medical degree. "His elder brother Raj Kishan was a very talented cricketer. But then the parents needed to take a call that one boy would pursue sport and the other education. So Raj being the elder sacrificed and pursued a medical degree", he said.

"The first day Ishan came for training, he was so tiny, that I fed him with under-arm balls and that kid played perfect cover drives. The moment I saw a few cover drives from a six-year-old, I told Pranav ji, your son is special and he has to be unlucky if he doesn't play for India."

During his knock in the third ODI, Kishan hit 10 sixes, which included pulls, some drives, and also had fantastic distance. "You saw those 10 sixes today and what you must have realized is the kind of power he generates despite such a small frame. It hasn't happened overnight. There would be months of training when he would bat two sessions and play at least 500 to 600 balls at the nets per day. Out of them, at least 200 balls were about dedicated power-hitting", he said.

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