Ishan Kishan Had Already Told Everyone That He Will Hit The First Ball He Faced In ODIs For A Six
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Ishan Kishan Had Already Told Everyone That He Will Hit The First Ball He Faced In ODIs For A Six

Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)

Ishan Kishan has revealed that he had already told everyone in the dressing room that he will hit the first ball he faces in ODIs for a six.

Ishan Kishan smashed 59 runs off just 42 deliveries on his debut ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday. The knock helped Team India register an easy seven-wicket win with more than 13 overs to spare.

Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan - SPORTZPICS
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan – SPORTZPICS

Ishan Kishan Had Already Told Everyone That He Will His The First Ball He Faced In ODIs For A Six

During a post-match interview, Ajay Jadeja asked Ishan Kishan if he had spoken to Suryakumar Yadav before going in to bat. The diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman responded that he had already made up his mind that the first ball had to go for a six like the right-handed Suryakumar Yadav who hit the first ball he faced in T20Is for a six.

He said: “Actually, everyone knew it, inside also I had already told everyone that once I go, wherever the first ball is, I will hit it for a six. Because the odds were in my favor – birthday plus a good pitch and I was playing my first ODI and I felt I could target him.”

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan. Getty Images.

Ishan Kishan, who was celebrating his 23rd birthday on Sunday, added that the knock was a return gift from his side.

He observed: “The most special thing was that it was my birthday and I was playing my first ODI. Everyone asks for a return gift, so I always wanted to give it by playing a good knock and helping the team win.”

Ishan Kishan danced down the track off the first ball he faced and smacked Dhananjaya de Silva for a six-over long-on. His Mumbai Indians teammate Suryakumar Yadav had also hit a six off the first ball he faced in international cricket. The 22-year-old Ishan Kishan made his debut in the second T20I against England in Ahmedabad and smashed 56 runs off 32 balls which was studded with 5 fours and 4 sixes.

Ishan Kishan Asked Shikhar Dhawan To Give Him The Strike More

Left-handed southpaw Ishan Kishan pointed out that Rahul Dravid had conveyed to him beforehand that he would be batting at the No.3 spot.
He elaborated: “Dravid Sir had already told me during the practice sessions that I will bat at No.3. So whatever practice I had to do with the new ball, obviously I was doing for a long time. It was not something that we decided during the match, it was decided beforehand.”
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

Ishan Kishan signed off by sharing his light-hearted conversation with Shikhar Dhawan in the middle.

“I told him [Dhawan] to just forget all that and just give me the strike. If I am able to hit it, why not continue hitting,” Kishan said.

Shikhar Dhawan mentioned in the post-match presentation ceremony that he was asking Ishan Kishan to take it slightly easy in the middle. The youngster did not heed to his skipper’s advice and smashed eight fours and two sixes during the course of his knock.

Wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan, who made his One Day International debut for India on 18 July, scored a fast 59 off 42 balls against Sri Lanka. Ishaan Kishan became the first Indian batsman to attain a half-century in the debut match in both T20 and One Day Internationals.

For the second wicket with captain Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan shared an impressive 85-run partnership. The left-handed batsman had made his intentions clear with the very first ball. He hit a six off the first ball of Dhananjay de Silva. He is only the fifth batsman after the year 2002 who has hit a six off the very first ball of his ODI career.

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