‘Chhota dynamite’ Ishan Kishan delays its explosion

When Ishan Kishan burst into the national team as a fresh-faced teenager known for his explosive hitter, his senior teammates gave him a nickname. It was called chhota dynamite, as it was then small and lean but equipped with a range of powerful blows. Since then he has grown a few inches, his biceps are defined and his forearms toned under the inked head of a Roman god, a torn constitution, and has cultivated a thatch to complement the earrings.

But the dubbed chhota dynamite hasn’t lost its resonance, rather it has never looked better than this season. It was the season when dynamite exploded in all its fury in the Indian Premier League, leaving a trail of destruction on hapless bowlers, the best of them still alive to tell the tale. He is the best run-getter for his franchise with Quinton de Kock (483), but only took him three innings less and at a better strike rate and average than the South African, in addition to various positions in the hitting order, reflecting his adaptability. to different roles.

Recount some of the situations he was out in this season. At No. 4 with his side faltering on 2/16 chasing 201. He responded with 99 of 58 deliveries. Then, in the opener against the Chennai Super Kings after Rohit Sharma’s injury, he put Quinton de Kock in the shade with 68 undefeated on 37 balls. He then carried the role of deadly destroyer with his 55 not out of 30 bullets against Delhi Capital in the first qualifier. In between, he has also been a knockout artist. The roles were different, but he blended seamlessly into the character the roles demanded, demonstrating that he finally decoded the previously elusive code of consistency.

The lessening of the aggression was the marked difference in his game, observes his close friend and Jharkhand teammate Ishank Jaggi: “Before, what happened was that he tried to hit on the first ball. Many times the result has not been in his favor. Now he takes his time, takes 10 to 15 balls to settle. He understood that the more time he spends in the fold, the better he will do. In the process, he also concealed a series of hits like the ramp and the reverse sweep.

Ishan Kishan during an IPL match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. (Source: IPL)

Two years old, Dhoni had given him similar advice during a national game. “He told me that since everyone knows you’re an offensive player, you can’t continue to be in this mode all the time. You have to know when to slow down, and return to your zone, ”he recalled in 2018.

Take for example its half-century against the capitals of Delhi. At one point, he was 10 out of 13 deliveries, resisting his urge to go bonkers. Mumbai had just lost Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard, so he put aside the big hits, which he put back into service during the deaths. In the next 17 he scored 32. Against Bangalore, in the tied match, he was 25 of 24 balls. The next 34 balls negotiated 74 races.

In that sense, he’s a more conscious batsman, who knows he has the game to compensate for points balls. This is one aspect of the game that he chose while watching Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. “I know how they plan the game. It’s not just a question of power, (but also) how they take the game to last or how they put pressure on the bowlers and at the same time how they turn the strike, ”he said in an interaction with the press.

Work on your game

He also worked on his game. Depending on the length, he could clear the front leg for the slog-sweep, pivot for traction, or move around for tie-down cuts. He quickly gets into position to play those shots – the most instructive was his six-man draw against Kagiso Rabada in qualifying. The ball was short and quick, but it stood right where it needed to pivot-shoot. Remarkable was his punching speed, which Jaggi considers essential to his success. He hits across the line with just a hint of those rubber cuffs for added power.

He’s not as compulsive as most left-handed drummers. Even when in cover, he doesn’t rush, just grabs the rearfoot and hits upward. Faster, more bouncy surfaces would offer a more severe examination of his technique. But on flat surfaces, the technique works on wheels and explains its predilection on the leg side.

The 22-year-old is a side-leg bully – as many as 21 of his 29 six have been affected from the side. For limits, he marginally favors offside (18-15), but overall, 67% of his 483 runs were out of his legs. Beyond all of these qualities is a feeling of fearlessness which was not the case in the first season when he was star-struck in the dressing room. Now Kishan could claim to be a star, at least one in the making. A chhota dynamite explodes in front of us.

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