Ishan Kishan opens about his high price tag (15.25 Cr) in the IPL 2022
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IPL Teams that can target Ishan Kishan in IPL 2022 Mega Auction: Young wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan is one of the most demanded cricketers in recent times. The southpaw has been chased by multiple franchises for the fifteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Kishan is foreseen to be one of the hottest picks of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction by experts. The fans and pundits are in awe of his batting performances. 

Ishan Kishan was associated with Mumbai Indians (MI) for the last three years and has been super successful for the franchise. Owing to his sensational batting, Ishan became Mumbai’s most influential cricketer.

His popularity has grown leaps and bounds in the last two editions of the IPL. Owing to his impactful performances in the IPL, Ishan also received his national call-up and is now a consistent member of India’s T20I squad.

He was also picked in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad, majorly due to his performances in the IPL. He scored a half-century in his T20I debut against England last year.

In the 61 IPL appearances, Ishan has mustered 1452 runs at an average of 28.47 and with a strike rate ofo 136.33. His bat remained quiet in the IPL 2021 until he was asked to open and partner Rohit Sharma.

In the two opening appearances, Ishan Kishan covered all the losses incurred in the initial matches and played blitz innings to put a strong statement. 

In this article, we will take you through the IPL teams that can target Ishan Kishan in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction.

IPL Teams that can target Ishan Kishan in IPL 2022 Mega Auction:

Mumbai Indians (MI):

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The five times IPL champion, Mumbai Indians (MI) believe in retaining its core set of players and Ishan Kishan was indeed part of Mumbai’s core group. He has helped his side win many matches in the past with his brilliant innings in the IPL.

MI will definitely bid for Ishan Kishan in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. It must be noted that Ishan Kishan denied an offer to join Ahmedabad based IPL franchise as one of the three draft picks.

Ishan Kishan is a young cricketer, who brings a lot of value to the team. He can be the player who can be groomed to lead the side in future. 

Moreover, he is absolutely fantastic when it comes to fielding and wicketkeeping. Ishan is a complete package for a team and he is surely going to enjoy a lot during the IPL 2022 Mega Auction.

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Though Ishan Kishan declined an offer worth INR 7 Crores from Ahmedabad based IPL franchise, they can still bid for the cricketer during the mega auction and bag his services. It can be said that Ishan brings a lot to the table and INR 7 Crores is too little for him to settle down and everyone knows that.

Ahmedabad has roped in Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill as its three draft picks and the franchise would require talented cricketers to form a formidable squad.

Ishan Kishan is someone who will be on Ahmedabad’s radar during the mega auction. The sole aim of the franchise would be to pair Shubman Gill with Ishan Kishan to form a great opening pair of destruction.

Moreover, Hardik Pandya is the skipper of Ahmedabad and he would highly suggest his franchise officials to go after Ishan’s services in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. Both Hardik and Ishan have played for Mumbai in the IPL 2021 and know each other pretty well. Both the cricketers share a commendable synergy.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):

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RCB retained three players – Virat Kohli, Mohammad Siraj and Glenn Maxwell during the recent player retentions. It was a surprise for everyone as the franchise opted to let go of both Yuzvendra Chahal and Devdutt Padikkal.

The franchise would require a powerful opener in the side and there is no one who can match Ishan’s abilities at the moment in the domestic circuit. 

It must be noted that Virat Kohli believes a lot in Ishan’s prowesses and he was one of the few members who recommended Ishan Kishan’s name for the T20 World Cup 2021.

Virat Kohli can be coupled with Ishan Kishan at the opening slot at RCB. While Ishan will play the aggressor’s role in the team, Virat will look to take the game deep and explode in the latter part of the innings.

Moreover, AB de Villiers is not with RCB anymore and the franchise will need a good wicketkeeper. Ishan Kishan can fulfil the stumper’s role with excellence. 

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