Ishan Kishan made headlines with his maiden double hundred against Bangladesh which broke many records. However, it was the fastest ever in men’s ODIs as well. His hundred came in only 126 balls. With this, he broke Chris Gayle’s record as he reached the feat in 12 balls quicker. While he had 15 more overs in front of him, he shared that he could have scored more as well.
“I’m blessed to hear my name alongside such legends. Still feel when I got out, 15 overs were left. Could’ve scored 300 also!” Ishan Kishan told the host broadcaster during the innings break in Chattogram. “The wicket was too good to bat on. My intent was very clear: if the ball is there, I’ll go for it.”
However, Kishan and Virat Kohli added in a massive 290-run stand for the second wicket, with Kohli also bringing up his 72nd international century. Kishan shared that batting with Kohli helped him stay grounded and not throw his wicket away, like he had done in Ranchi against South Africa earlier.
“Batting with Virat bhai… he has such a good sense of the game. He was spot on with which bowlers I needed to select (pick and target). He was calming me down when I was in my 90s. I wanted to bring it up with a six, but he said to get it in singles as it’s my first. Had a chat with Surya bhai. He said when you bat before the game, you see the ball well. I didn’t take too much pressure on myself. Just wanted to make use of the opportunity,” Ishan Kishan again shared.
“Batting position, I think, other players also come through having batted at different positions. So being a young player, I can’t complain and demand that you must bat me at this particular position,” Ishan Kishan said in the post-mach press conference. “At this level, it’s about making use of the opportunities that are provided to you. That’s how big players are made. Rahul Dravid was very happy. He also knows that he isn’t able to give a chance to everyone who wants to play, who wants to do well. Because we already have such a good side.”