Ishan Kishan, the costliest buy in the IPL 2022 mega-auctions, admitted that his cricketing journey has not been the easiest. The 23-year-old made his IPL debut with the Gujarat Lions in 2016 and has been playing for the Mumbai Indians since 2018. 

Kishan was bought by the Mumbai Indians for a whopping Rs 15.25 crore in the February auctions. Two matches into the 2022 season, he has scored 135 runs. 

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Ishan Kishan, talking to Gaurav Kapoor on the cricket presenter’s show ‘Breakfast with Champions’, revealed that he has gone through struggles and worked hard to become the player he is today. 

He first spoke about his training days in Ranchi

“It was a big problem in those days. There were three players in the living quarters and it had two rooms. And the thing was I didn’t know how to cook. So there was 1 guy who used to cook. My problem was that I was very lazy. I used to play and just lay on the bed,” he said.

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Ishan Kishan scored half centuries on his T20I and ODI debut. 

“I joined SAIL and it had a complex area where there was a small grocery store. I would pick up ice cream, chips and cold drinks for the night. I used to tell my family that I ate food as the senior downstairs called me to have dinner. However, it was only later that I told them that I didn’t eat when I was there,” Kishan further added.

The youngster also explained that players, who are judged by millions, have gone through their set of hardships. 

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“People don’t know what zone a player is coming from, how hard he has worked, what all he has gone through, even this has happened that he has had to sleep near the bathroom of the train. But okay, you also can’t blame people. They are also busy in their lives. They will see you in your free time and judge you according to that. It has become very difficult now. People think it is normal to hit fifty off 25 balls,” he concluded.