India’s young debutant Ishan Kishan has certainly made a praise-worthy start to his international career on Sunday. The left-handed batsman played a fearless knock at top of the order as he smashed a match-winning fifty during India’s second T20I against England in Ahmedabad. It was certainly a dream debut for the 22-year-old as he took to Twitter to express his joy of playing for the country. During the post match conference, the youngster dedicated the knock to his coach’s dad who had passed away a few days back.
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
Chaaro taraf ghoom ke bat dikha: Virat Kohli to Ishan Kishan after maiden half-century
In an interview with Yuzvendra Chahal after the match, Ishan Kishan revealed that he did not realize that he had reached fifty. The 22-year-old explained that he doesn’t usually celebrate after hitting a half-century. He admitted that it was skipper Virat Kohli who asked him to acknowledge the fans after a top-innings. As per Kishan’s statement, Kohli told him, “Oye chaaro taraf ghoom ke bat dikha, sabko bat dikha. Pehla match hai tera, bohot ache.” It is then the youngster raised his bat as the crowd in Ahmedabad gave him a huge round of applause.
📺 Debut for India & debut on Chahal TV right away 😎
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 15, 2021
It was undoubtedly a heroic knock by Kishan in only his first outing for Men in Blue. The whole cricketing world was in awe of the youngster’s fearless approach. Former Indian cricketers took to Twitter and hailed the 22-year-old for playing a top notch innings, taking India to level the series 1-1 along with skipper playing a captain’s knock.
Here is how former India stars praised Ishan Kishan:
A young keeper batsman from Jharkhand promoted up the batting order and proving his caliber. This has happened before.
Loved the fearlessness and attacking batting of Ishan Kishan. pic.twitter.com/874tXa0uoz
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 14, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 14, 2021
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 14, 2021
What a dream debut for @ishankishan51 absolutely fearless about his game ! That’s the beauty of playing ipl at a young age you just used to the atmosphere and you go and express your self ! !! And skipper is back with some class of his own !!@imVkohli #ENGvIND t20
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 14, 2021
The youngster also credited NCA director Rahul Dravid for his advise and support throughout the last few years. Notably, Ishan Kishan became only the second Indian cricketer to hit a half-century on T20I debut after Ajinkya Rahane.