Jharkhand and Indian Wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan was at his swashbuckling best in his debut game for the national side in the second T20I against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Having been drafted in the playing 11 ahead of veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan displayed just why he is one of the most exciting young talents in the country.
Ishan has been in outstanding form since the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League where he smashed as many as 516 runs in what was yet another triumphant campaign for the Mumbai Indians.
And, on Sunday, the 22-year-old career that same form against England as he took apart the Jofra Archer-led batting-unit with absolute disdain.
Kishan announced himself in the international cricket with a flick off Archer that went for a boundary and what happened during the course of the next 31 deliveries was a display of fearless, disdainful, and sumptuous display of power hitting.
The southpaw hooked, pulled, cut, and slog-swept the English bowling attack to all corners of the stadium and eventually completed a 28-ball 50.
Ishan Kishan became just the second Indian batsmen after Ajinkya Rahane to rack up a score in excess of 50 on his T20I debut and the 7th Indian to win ‘Player of the Match’ in his first T20I.
Following his brilliant debut, Ishan Kishan took to his Twitter account where he thanked everyone for their support besides stating that there is no bigger joy than playing for the country.
”A lot of hard work, belief and backing behind the scenes culminating into this moment. Thank you everyone for your support. There is no bigger joy than playing for India,” wrote Ishan Kishan.
A lot of hard work, belief and backing behind the scenes culminating into this moment. Thank you everyone for your support. There is no bigger joy than playing for India. 🇮🇳😍🙌 pic.twitter.com/OstCuyuO3e
— Ishan Kishan (@ishankishan51) March 14, 2021
Thanks to Ishan Kishan’s belligerence at the top of the order, England never recovered, and eventually, Rishabh Pant’s cameo and a typical Virat Kohli masterclass in chasing helped India gun down the total in a canter.