The day that every Indian cricket fan has been waiting for has finally arrived as dynamic wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan and run-machine in domestic cricket, Suryakumar Yadav have been handed their maiden India caps ahead of the second T20I against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have been knocking on the doors of Indian cricket for some time now courtesy of their consistent performances in the IPL and in domestic cricket.
The duo proved to be the lynchpin of the Mumbai Indians batting-unit in what turned to be another title campaign for the Rohit Sharma-led franchise.
While Ishan Kishan racked up 516 runs at an average of 57.33 and at a strike-rate of 145.76, Suryakumar Yadav smashed 480 runs in 16 games at an average of 40 and a strike-rate of 145.01.
Ishan Kishan has been integrated into the playing 11 ahead of opener Shikhar Dhawan, who managed a 12-ball 4 in the first T20I, while Axar Patel makes way for Suryakumar Yadav. Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and has decided to field first.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav’s inclusion:
Always so exciting when someone gets to make their debut. @surya_14kumar has waited long enough & @ishankishan51 has shown he means business. Good luck to them both!
Still haven’t understood why #RohitSharma has been rested. Trying out team combos for the WC?#INDvEND
— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) March 14, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 14, 2021
Ishan Kishen and SKY making their debut. Whoa 🥳🥳 I’m assuming Dhawan and one of the spinners is getting benched. If my guess is right…who’s going to open?? And…India playing 4 bowlers and Pandya. Something even #MI doesn’t do in the #IPL. #IndvEng
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 14, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 14, 2021
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) March 14, 2021
Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan.
What a day for them!
🎥 BCCI pic.twitter.com/AdqAqb4ueU
— The Field (@thefield_in) March 14, 2021
Ishan Kishan debut…. after that IPL season. Go get them! #IndvEng
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) March 14, 2021
Debut for Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. Big day for the duo!#INDvENG
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) March 14, 2021
Terrific to see Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishen make their debuts. It's been a long wait for Yadav, much deserved #IndvEng
— Sanjjeev (@Sanjjeev) March 14, 2021
— ICC (@ICC) March 14, 2021
— Civil_engyneer07 (@SamCurranFC07) March 14, 2021
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav to debut for India today. Two contrasting career graphs intersecting at the same time. Exciting times for Indian cricket. #IndvEng
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) March 14, 2021
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have handed their India cap ahead of the second T20.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 14, 2021
— Maan Bhootra (@bhootra_maan) March 12, 2021
Paltan how’s the josh? 😎@mipaltan boys Suryakumar Yadav & Ishan Kishan making their debut 💙
— Shrutika Gaekwad (@Shrutika_45_) March 14, 2021
SKY and Ishan Kishan have been handed their India caps. Wowww!
— Yash Mittal 🇮🇳 (@im_yash2307) March 14, 2021
After Seeing No Rohit Sharma, Ishan kishan, and Surya Kumar Yadav In Playing 11..
MI Fans – pic.twitter.com/hHvkH16qpA
— Jethalal (@Jethiya_lal) March 12, 2021