MI vs RCB – IPL 2024 – Ishan Kishan says T20 World Cup spot ‘not in my hands’ after recent controversy

Ishan Kishan has revealed that a personal break while on tour of South Africa last December had helped him adopt a ‘good mindset’ and that he was not fretting over cementing a spot in the T20 World Cup squad.

Kishan last appeared for India in November 2023 during the T20I series against Australia and returned to competitive cricket in February when he played for Reserve Bank of India in the DY Patil T20 Cup. Since taking the personal break, he has not been considered for any of the subsequent national assignments, and India head coach Rahul Dravid had emphasised the need for Kishan to play domestic cricket to make his comeback.

“About the World Cup, it is not in my hands and I am taking things very easy right now,” he said on Thursday, after starring with a 34-ball 69 against the Royal Challengers Bengaluru to help Mumbai win by seven wickets. “You have to take one match at a time. One needs to understand that a lot is not in the hands of the players.

“It’s (IPL) a very big tournament and you do not want to overstep. I am just taking one game at a time and however I can help the team, (my motto is) let’s do it.”

“I was practising only [during the break]. When you take a break, people gossip about it a lot, they say a lot of things on social media,” Kishan said after the match. “But I feel it’s important to understand not everything is in players’ hands. We can only make the best use of the break. This is what adopting a good mindset is.”

The wicketkeeper-batter has been in the headlines for the two last months, initially for prioritising a T20 tournament over the Ranji Trophy and then losing out on the BCCI annual contract. Shreyas Iyer, like Kishan, was also not considered for the central contract for the period between October 2023 to September 2024 as the board took a serious step after they missed domestic cricket.

However, back in Mumbai Indians colours now, Kishan has hit 161 runs from five innings at a strike rate of 182.95. He is also the Mumbai’s highest run-getter now and his form has helped the side put three losses behind and get back to winning ways in their last two games.

However, Kishan did not want to see his performance as a tool to prove a point to his detractors.

“There is nothing like that (that) I want to prove to someone. I just have to go there and enjoy. I have learned that you do not have to add pressure on yourself about these things which are not in your hand. You have to figure out what are (your) controllables and what are (your) uncontrollables.

“If I were the old Ishan Kishan, I might not have left the good deliveries in the first two overs. I would have been in pressure. But with time I have learned that even 20 overs are a lot and you can take your time. You can have the belief and move forward. So all these things helped me in that gap also. Now we lost some games here, but I feel most of the players, not just me, were keen to work with everyone. It was never about us individually performing well for the team and not knowing what other players were going through. So I also know if someone is not doing well, how they feel.

“So these things also changed in me that even when I am not performing, if I know someone isn’t feel good, let’s talk to them, let’s know what their mindset is. So these things have happened after that break.”

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