Jharkhand and Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan has got off to a blistering start to his 2021 Vijay Hazare 50-over Trophy campaign thanks to a whirlwind 94-ball 173 against Madhya Pradesh at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
The 2021 edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy became the second domestic tournament and the first 50-over tournament to take place in India following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
And, Ishan Kishan made heads turn by smashing a plethora of records on the opening day itself during his sides’ campaign opener against Madhya Pradesh.
Having been sent into bat by Madhya Pradesh, the dynamic wicketkeeper-batsman blasted 173 runs in just 94 balls which included 19 fours and as many as 11 sixes.
Kishan reached his first 50 runs in 42 balls but post that he took off at the rate of knots. The Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman smashed his hundred in the next 22 deliveries before going on to rack up the 150-run mark in just 12 deliveries.
173 (94) 🤯
11 sixes and 19 fours 😯
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 20, 2021
Ishan Kishan’s 173 off 94 balls is the third-highest score by a wicketkeeper-captain in List-A cricket. He has joined the likes of Morne van Wyk [175* off 171 balls, Dolphins vs Knights, 2014] and Moin Khan [174 off 152 balls, PIA vs Lahore-W, 2003] as far as the highest individual scores by keeper-captain in List A cricket.
The former India U-19 captain’s swashbuckling knock helped Jharkhand post 9/422 in 50 overs which is the second-highest List A total in India and the highest score in domestic 50-over cricket in the country. In reply, Madhya Pradesh could only muster 98 runs in 18.4 overs as Varun Aaron [6/37] ran through their batting-unit with a six-wicket haul.
Ishan Kishan has been in brilliant form in the last 5-6 months. The dynamic stumper was one of the bedrocks of the Mumbai Indians batting-unit during their triumphant IPL 2020 campaign and the Rohit Sharma-led franchise will hope that he continues his form in the upcoming Vijay-Hazare Trophy fixtures.