Under-19 World Cup 2016 January 20, 2016

Ishan Kishan relishes the pressure of expectations


Ishan Kishan on Rahul Dravid: "His words have a lot of value for us. His appearance is very important especially when we are in a pressure situation." © PTI

India Under-19 captain Ishan Kishan has said that he is enjoying the expectation on him to win the trophy, something Virat Kohli had done in 2008 and Unmukht Chand four years ago. He has said that he finds inspiration in the fact that his team has plenty of allrounders and batting depth.

India are one of two teams to have won the title thrice; Mohammad Kaif had first lifted the trophy in 2000. Australia are the other team but they have pulled out of this year's tournament, which makes India's job easier, as they were drawn in the same group.

"In 2008 and 2012 India won the Under-19 World Cup. There's been a four-year gap so people are expecting that from me," Kishan said." It is not that big of a pressure on me but I am really enjoying this moment.

"Strength of my team is that almost every batsman can bowl. We have a pace bowling attack that's good. We have a good fielding unit. Our batting goes till No 8, which is a plus point. It will help us in the matches."

Kishan said that he had picked MS Dhoni's brains when they spent time in the middle and the dressing room during a Vijay Hazare Trophy match recently. According to Kishan, Dhoni had taken interest in explaining about field positions, bowling changes, and handling pressure.

"It really inspires me a lot that MS Dhoni is from Ranchi and I am also from the same place," he said. "We were playing a match in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. We were in the same team. Whenever a wicket use to fall, he used to call me and told me what he did right then. If bowler is bowling with good pace, what field he can set in the slog overs. So it was about what I can do in pressure situations in the World Cup. It was quite valuable for me.

"When he is standing in front of you, you have to ask him questions. You know what type of captain he has been for India. I asked him what I can do in future matches in World Cup when something wrong happens."

Kishan has another inspirational figure, in the Under-19 dressing room, in the form of head coach Rahul Dravid.

"His words have a lot of value for us. His appearance is very important especially when we are in a pressure situation," Kishan said. We need his words to get out of pressure situations.

"His batting tips are very helpful. He knows everyone has his own style of batting," Kishan said." He is a legendary batsman for a long time in the Indian team. It is great spending time with him. When he talks to us at a time of pressure, it gives us a lot of relief. I don't remember any single line but most are very helpful."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Adam on January 27, 2016, 17:40 GMT

    To be fair, India won 2008 U-19 World Cup through Duckworth-Lewis.

  • CricMystique on January 27, 2016, 2:57 GMT

    They dont come better than Rahul Dravid for life mentors, am sure he would be a terrific coach as well, i hope he instills the passion without the ugliness and intensity without the boorishness(that is seen so commonly nowadays) into the U19 guys, Go young team india - all the best

  • Vinod on January 27, 2016, 2:54 GMT

    Good luck to our young guys, as Rahul said weather they win the world cup or not -ie short term gains - he paid more importance to learing from the experience and becoming better as humans, as cricketers leading to higher honours in representing the seniors- the journey being more important than the destination.....am so chuffed that Rahul is the coach, hopefully his humility, his dignity and passion, his restraint in victroy and dignity in defeats- the way he played the game and conducted his life rubs off on the young guys, hopefully that demeanour rubs off on india seniors as well...good luck indiaaaa...hope we discover some quicks for the future...goooooo young indiannnn gunssss.......

  • binu on January 26, 2016, 9:28 GMT

    Good show in the warm up matches, the advantage of this squad is every one can bowl at least 4-5 overs except Pant and Ishan .Mahipal Romror and Abhishek Sharma ( not in the squad) will rule indian cricket in the future

  • Naresh on January 25, 2016, 14:47 GMT

    This time we have an U19 team thats packed to the brim with real star batsman. Though hope the bowling can come good. In the warm up games the batsman have already showed class.

  • Naresh on January 22, 2016, 10:10 GMT

    All the best to the U19 team. Just hope we get one or two star performers from the lot. As has been said let them relax,enjoy and work on their career path.

  • IndTheBest on January 21, 2016, 18:27 GMT

    Some of us are taking it too seriously that he took advice from Dhoni. Don't get carried away with his comments, now a days kids are so smart they know what to say and how to please someone who can help grow in their career. The led certainly look like a new generation cricketer.

  • babi on January 21, 2016, 12:38 GMT

    Right there a big mistake, Dhoni is the last person to take field placement tips. Be original Kiddo.

  • Swastik on January 21, 2016, 11:41 GMT

    Yeah, please learn from Smith, McCullum so you'll fail to win in India as well.

  • Indian on January 21, 2016, 10:17 GMT

    @SARANGSRK:I don't BCCI had any role to play rather it was an ICC conducted presser where all the competing u-19 captains are required to brief the media.Best of luck to Indian u-19 boys .

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