After putting up a magnificent half-century against West Indies in the second Test, Indian wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan revealed that the shift to the number four batting position was at the suggestion of none other than Virat Kohli himself.
The left-handed batter capitalized on the opportunity and went on to score a blazing 34-ball 52, his maiden half-century in red-ball cricket, before India declared their second innings at 181 for two, thereby setting West Indies a target of 365 runs.
In the post-match conference following the conclusion of day 4 in the ongoing Test, Ishan Kishan had this to say:”
“It was really special (the half-century). I knew what the team needed from me. Everyone backed me. Virat backed me and told me ‘go and play your game’. Let us hope we will finish the game tomorrow.”
“It was Virat bhai who took the initiative and told me that I should go in. There was a slow left-armer who was bowling. It was a good call for the team. Sometimes you need to take these calls.”
As for the match, West Indies concluded day 4 at 76 for 2. Heading into day 5, West Indies need 289 runs to win the Test match and draw the series, while India requires eight wickets to seal the series with a clean sweep.