Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that Bangalore will target wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan during the auction. The auction will take place on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. Kishan has amassed 1452 runs in 61 games in the tournament while playing for now-defunct Gujarat and Mumbai since making his debut in 2016 for the former.
He has batted at a strike rate of 136.33 and has hit nine fifties while batting at various positions starting from opening slot to middle-order. His best season with the bat was in 2020 when he amassed 516 runs in 14 games and won the ‘most sixes award of the season. Last year, the left-hander was released by the five-time winners.
Meanwhile, ahead of the auction, Singh said that he is a big fan of Kishan, who can win matches on his given day. “Ishan Kishan is someone I am a fan of. On his own capability, on any given day, he can smash 70-80 runs off 30 balls and win the match for his team. He will become a very big player in the time to come. If a player like him goes to any team, he should be given the responsibility of leadership. The way he gets older, with responsibilities, he will become even bigger. He already captains Jharkhand. RCB would definitely target Ishan Kishan in the auction. It will be tough because many teams would go after him at the auction,” Harbhajan said in a video on his YouTube channel.
Former India wicketkeeper batter Dinesh Karthik had also said that Kishan has tremendous skills and can attack the bowler from the first ball of his innings, adding that teams will e ready to burn their pocket for Kishan.
“He is got tremendous skills… He can attack from ball one. That’s a skill every player doesn’t possess. In the new age, players try to attack a lot from ball one. Teams that have succeeded in doing that consistently have done very well in multi-nation tournaments. So Ishan definitely has a good chance to come into the scheme of things,” Karthik was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.