Mumbai, April 6: Mumbai Indians young keeper and batsman Ishan Kishan has said he sometimes marvels at the cricketing acumen of former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, adding that he “often tries to read” the mind of the veteran player to improve their own skills.
Ishan, 23, was bought back by Mumbai Indians for a whopping INR 15.25 crore during the Mega Auction, making him the most expensive player in IPL 2022.
“More to go on, I’m still trying to figure out how his mind works. You won’t believe… in one of the IPL games, he really stressed me out more. He was playing well and hitting bowlers. But then Dhoni bhai came over the bowler and he said something. I couldn’t hear what, but he said something to Imran (Tahir) bhai,” Ishan said, recounting one incident.
“And in my mind, I wonder what Dhoni bhai told him. I don’t know what happened, but there was a volley half ball, which I drove but got caught on the third short man. To date, I haven’t figured out how a hitter trying to drive a spinner gets caught on the third man,” Ishan said on ‘Breakfast with Champions’.
The left-handed batsman also recalled some valuable advice on keeping the wicket given by Dhoni.
“So from what we’ve observed about holding, our hands are usually straight, but when there’s an edge, it moves to the right. But he (Dhoni) taught me that the movement of the hand should only be up to a certain point. That should be the whole movement. Not just the wrist. It should go like this (like a semi-pendulum). Once this becomes a habit, you’ll be able to catch even thick edges,” Ishan added.