IPL 2022 Mega Auction: Ishan Kishan becomes MOST EXPENSIVE player at Rs. 15.25 crore, back to Mumbai Indians

Jeremy Caroll

Ishan Kishan was bought for a whopping 15.25 crore by Mumbai Indians, who grabbed the deal from Punjab Kings, Gujarat Titans and Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were both keen on bidding for the young and brilliant wicket-keeper/batsman.

Kishan gives management more flexibility when it comes to putting together a team around him. Kishan has a strike rate of over 130 in all phases and, with the exception of off-spin, has a good record against all bowling styles. Ishan Kishan was not retained by the Mumbai Indians ahead of the IPL mega auction, instead electing to keep Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, and Suryakumar Yadav.

Southpaw Kishan, known for his aggressive hitting, has 1452 runs at a strike rate of 136.34 in 61 IPL matches, with his highest score of 99 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2020. Since entering the Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2018, Kishan has amassed 1133 runs with a strike rate of 138 in 45 games.

Kishan’s fascination arises from his ability to attack the bowling from the first ball. Batters tend to accelerate later in the innings, thus looking at the eventual strike rates in T20 can be deceiving, according to analysts. As a result, people who go all-in from the start are in high demand. In MI’s last 2021 league stage encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kishan demonstrated his aggressiveness by smashing 84 off 32 balls.

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