Debutant Ishan Kishan enjoyed a dream start to international cricket as he led the way to a seven-wicket victory over England in the second T20I in Ahmedabad. Ishan Kishan earned the nod and was one of the debutants alongside Suryakumar Yadav as India decided to axe Shikhar Dhawan and Axar Patel. Following a 32-ball 56, the southpaw credited Mumbai Indians for teaching him a lot.
Ishan Kishan might have felt nervous at the non-striker’s end to see KL Rahul fall for a duck in the first over in pursuit of 165. However, he smacked his first delivery in international cricket for a boundary and shifted the pressure back on England. While Virat Kohli had a reasonably nervous start, Ishan Kishan began latching on to England’s bowlers’ deliveries for frequent boundaries.
The 22-year old’s innings of 56 from 32 balls contained four fours and three massive sixes. Ishan Kishan lost his wicket to leggie Adil Rashid while going for a reverse sweep, ending his 94-run stand with Virat Kohli. Notably, when he was on 40, he got a reprieve as Ben Stokes dropped a simple chance off his bat as mid-on. The Bihar-born cricketer provided the much-required impetus as it allowed Virat Kohli to get back to form and finish the match.
It’s not easy when you come here and play your first game: Ishan Kishan
Man of the match Ishan Kishan revealed that it is challenging to come out here and debut; however, he credited Mumbai Indians, who taught him a lot and the senior players, who gave him excellent advises. The southpaw was upset as he wanted to finish the game and loves playing the reverse sweep – a shot that did not pay off. Kishan disclosed that when he smacked Tom Curran for a six, he felt he could keep doing this and thought he was finally here.
“It’s not easy when you come here and play your first game. Mumbai Indians have taught me a lot. I’ve been there with so many senior players and they have given me very good advice. I love to play the reverse sweep but it didn’t go my way (when he got out). I was upset because I wanted to finish the game. I think when Tom Curran bowled his first ball and I smacked him for six, that was the moment I felt I can keep doing this. I don’t know if I’ll get this feeling again but I was feeling like ‘Finally I’m here.'” Kishan told in the post-match presentation.