Even if I Can’t be Like MS Dhoni, I Will Try to Help India Win the ODI World Cup 2023: Ishan Kishan

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Last Update: January 10, 2023, 17:06 IST

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Ishan Kishan on the 'pressure' of being compared to MS Dhoni

Ishan Kishan on the ‘pressure’ of being compared to MS Dhoni

Ishan Kishan opens up on the ‘pressure’ of comparisons with MS Dhoni, and how he hopes to help India win the ODI World Cup 2023.

Hailing from the same state as MS Dhoni, Ishan Kishan has been compared to the former Indian skipper all his life but the youngster has revealed the advice Dhoni gave him that has helped him stay grounded .

While Dhoni hails from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, Kishan, who was born in Bihar but represents Jharkhand in domestic cricket, has a special connection with both the states.

Being a wicket-keeper himself, and considering Kishan’s aggressive batting style, the 24-year-old shares enough similarities with Dhoni to draw comparisons.

Speaking to senior journalist Vimal Kumar on his YouTube channel, Kishan revealed that whenever he was compared to Dhoni, he came under ‘pressure’, but he has always backed himself.

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The southpaw said that even though he cannot emulate the heroics of the former Indian skipper, he will still try to help India win the ODI World Cup 2023.

When asked about the constant comparisons to Dhoni, Kishan said, “I have this inherent tendency to be overconfident about myself, my skills and my hand-eye coordination.”

He further added, “Obviously there is pressure when people compare me with Mahi bhai because he has done a lot for India and won many trophies, but I put all that aside. I appreciate his work ethic. Whenever I used to meet him I used to ask him ‘Brother I am facing this issue, I score in some days but cannot score in some other days.’

The Patna-born opener said, “I have learned a lot from him, how to process things when you are at the top, rather you should always remain neutral, no matter how you perform, there is one area where you have to Should be comfortable.”

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He said, “I believed that even if I could not be like Mahi bhai, I would try to help India win the World Cup.”

“Off the field as well, I have learned a lot from his calmness and the way he interacts with people,” Kishan said.

After scoring a double century against Bangladesh in the final ODI of the three-match series in December, the youngster was not included in India’s playing XI for the first match of the ODI series against Sri Lanka in Guwahati.

Skipper Rohit Sharma returned to full fitness after recovering from a thumb injury and replaced Ishan Kishan in the playing XI for the first ODI.

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