The young Indian opener, Ishan Kishan made his international debut on Sunday, making an instant impact with a fiery half-century in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Kishan, who has made a name for himself with his consistent performances for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), hit the ground running on the international stage, smashing a 32-ball 56.
He had the perfect mentor at the other end in Virat Kohli, who remained unbeaten on 73 as India easily overhauled England’s 164/6. Speaking about the Indian skipper, Kishan said that he had never experienced the sort of energy while batting with Kohli.
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Describing the chat during a recent chat with Yuzvendra Chahal said, “Initially, it was difficult to match his levels. The energy he shows after a boundary or a double, I have never experienced before. But I understood at this level what sort of body language one needs to have. These sort of things I learned from him.”
Ishan Kishan opened the innings with KL Rahul but the latter was eventually dismissed in the first over after playing a maiden. But that didn’t affect the confidence of the youngster as he took on the England attack to give India a flying start in the chase.
The youngster explained, “Seniors like Virat bhai, Hardik bhai advised me to enjoy my game. For any youngster, it is a proud moment to represent your country. I was very happy to get this opportunity and the belief shown in me.”
Ishan and Kohli managed to add 94 runs for the second wicket in just 56 balls for the second wicket to put India on top. The youngster was dismissed by Adil Rashid but Kohli continued spreading his magic in the second game and smashed the England bowlers to all parts of the ground. He remained unbeaten as India reached the target with 13 balls to spare to level the five-match series at 1-1.