Ishan Kishan has opened up on his blistering innings on debut against England. The youngster became just the second Indian batsman to score a fifty on T20I debut, with his 32 ball 56 earning him the player of the match accolade.
Hailed for his superb knock of 56 (32) on social media, Kishan in a post-match interview with his teammate Yuzvendra Chahal revealed that he wasn’t aware of reaching the 50-run mark when he hit a six off Adil Rashid in the 10th over.
Speaking to Yuzvendra Chahal for his popular ‘Chahal TV’ segment, Kishan was asked to reveal why there was a slight delay in raising his bat to the audience seated at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
“Jab fifty ho gayi aap dekhne mein aaya tha apne do-teen second bat nahi uthaya. Aapko pata nahi tha aapki fifty ho gayi hai? Thoda nervous ho gaye the? (When you reached fifty, we saw a slight delay when you raised the bat. Did you not know you had scored a half-century? Were you nervous?),” Chahal quizzed Kishan after India levelled the five-match series (1-1).
Kishan, in his reply, said that he wasn’t nervous, but failed to notice that he has reached 50-run mark. He added that he wasn’t the one who went big on celebrations after reaching the milestones. It was only after Indian skipper Virat Kohli called out to him to show his bat to the crowd as he has completed his maiden fifty in international cricket.
“Virat bhai ki peeche se awaaz aati hai ‘Oye, chaaro taraf ghoom ke bat dikha. Sab ko bat dikha, pehla match hai tera, bahut achhe’ (Virat said show your bat to the crowds all around the park. Show your bat, it’s your first match),” Kishan revealed.
Ishan Kishan’s 94-run partnership with Virat Kohli formed the backbone of India’s seven-wicket win as they leveled the series. With India reeling at 0/1 after KL Rahul’s departure, the duo came together and slammed the England bowlers to all parts of the ground.
Ishan Kishan batted with Virat Kohli in the middle for the first time and admitted the experience was a special one.
“I was struggling to match his level initially. His energy after hitting a boundary or taking a double is something I had never experienced. But I understood the body language I need to succeed at this level. So I learnt all these little things (while batting with Virat Kohli),” the youngster said.