Jharkhand batsman Ishan Kishan, along with Mumbai’s Suryakumar Yadav made their T20I debuts for India in the second match of the five-T20Is series against England, played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.
Ishan Kishan, 22, came into the limelight after captaining the Indian U19 team into the finals of the Youth World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016. Then he was picked by the Gujarat Lions in the IPL and from there he moved to Mumbai Indians, where he has flourished into what led to his maiden India call-up.
Even in domestic cricket, Ishan boasts of a very good record with 2665 runs in 44 FC matches, with five centuries and the best score of 273 at an average of 37.53. In 77 List-A matches, Kishan has 2549 runs with 4 centuries and a best of 173, where he averages 36.94. In 95 T20s, he has 2372 runs at a strike-rate of 133.48 with the best score of 113*.
In the IPL, Kishan has 1211 runs in 51 matches with a strike-rate of 136.83 and 7 half-centuries with a best of 99*. He made 516 runs in 14 IPL 2020 matches at a strike-rate of 145.76, hitting 30 sixes in the process, enough to impress the Indian selectors.
Ishan Kishan Becomes Only The Second Indian After Ajinkya Rahane To Make A Fifty On T20I Debut
Ishan Kishan was all smiles receiving his India cap before the match and celebrated his debut with a stunning half-century. He hit 4 sixes and 5 fours in 39 balls he faced for making 56 runs. He was brutal on all bowlers but took a liking to Adil Rashid.
He also added 94 runs in 9 overs with Virat Kohli for the second wicket, after KL Rahul fell for a duck in the first over itself to Sam Curran. Kishan hit back-to-back sixes off Adil Rashid to reach his maiden fifty in T20Is and became only the second India batsman to register a fifty on his T20I debut.
The first batsman to do so for India was Ajinkya Rahane, who made 61 against England in 2011 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. It remains the highest individual score in T20Is by an Indian. Opening the batting, Rahane had scored 61 off 39 balls with eight boundaries even though India ended up being on the losing side.
It was an amazing debut for Kishan, who slammed Tom Curran and Ben Stokes for a six each as well, helping Kohli chase down the total with ease in the end and win the match by 7 wickets and leveling the series 1-1.