Learned wicket-keeping techniques from MS Dhoni, reveals Ishan Kishan

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Ishan Kishan recently revealed that MS Dhoni taught him wicket holding techniques to hone his skills behind the wickets. Kishan also praised Dhoni’s tactics and recalled an incident when the former India captain plotted his dismissal during a match against Chennai Super Kings.

Ishan Kishan is one of the emerging talents in Indian cricket. After giving impressive performances in domestic cricket, he impressed many in IPL. Kishan made his international debut in a T20I against England last year. He has played 10 T20Is and three ODIs for the Indian team so far. Reflecting on what he learned from MS DhoniKishan revealed that the former India captain taught him some techniques to improve his wicketkeeping.

“So from what we’ve observed about holding, our hands are usually straight, but when there’s an edge, they move to the right. But he taught me that the movement of the main should be just that,” Kishan said on an episode of “Breakfast With Champions.”

“That should be the whole movement. Not just the wrist. It should go like this (semi-pendulum motion). Once it becomes a habit, you will be able to catch even thick edges.

Kishan played an important role in the Bombay Indians and has enjoyed a successful stint in the league so far. The franchise paid a heavy price for him this season at the mega auction to reacquire his services. Kishan shared an incident when Dhoni plotted his dismissal in a match against Chennai Super Kings.

“In one of the IPL games, that’s really what stressed me the most. I was playing well and hitting the bowlers. But then Dhoni bhai approached the bowler and said something. I couldn’t hear what but he said something to Imran (Tahir) bhai,” he revealed.

“And in my mind, I wonder what Dhoni bhai said to him. I don’t know what happened, but there was a half volley, which I drove but caught on the third man. To this day, I haven’t figured out how a hitter trying to ride a spinner gets caught on the third man.

Rohit Sharma has been one of the most successful captains in the IPL, guiding his team to several trophies. He was hailed by many for his brilliant tactics and calm nature on the pitch. Kishan recalls an incident where he was scolded by Rohit.

“You know what I did once at Wankhede. I was new, it was my first season and I didn’t know anything. Now to make the ball old you usually throw it on the ground. So there there was a lot of dew in the game that day. And I thought if I roll the ball on the pitch, Rohit Bhai will be happy that I aged the ball,” he explained.

“So in that dew I rolled the ball towards him. He took out his towel and started insulting me. Then I looked down and realized what I had done. Then he said to me: ‘Don’t take it personally, it’s just game against game.

Rahul Chahar emerged from the IPL as he produced brilliant performances in the league. Chahar made his international debut in July last year. In the IPL, he has 49 wickets in 45 games with an economy of just 7.27. Kishan has revealed that Rohit played a key role in improving Rahul Chahar while he played for Mumbai Indians

“I saw it myself with Rahul Chahar, I think after throwing 2-3 balls, I feel the batter will go. But (Rohit) from behind tells him to release him some more. Rohit bhai played a big part in Rahul’s success,” he said.

“I saw myself how Rohit bhai would come out of the covers and give him confidence. Rahul would ask him if he should take the defender behind. But Rohit would tell him ‘I have confidence in you. You can do it.’ And he would,” he added.

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