India vs England: My Coach’s Dad Passed Away Recently, This Innings is for Him – Ishan Kishan
After a sparkling international debut where he smacked 56 off 32 balls helping India chase down 165 in the second T20I against England, Ishan Kishan dedicated his knock to his coach’s father, who passed away recently. Kishan’s knock, along with Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 73, guided India to a seven wicket win that helped India level the series 1-1.
“I had a lot of hunger in me for this innings. My coach’s dad passed away a few days back and this innings was for him. I wanted to prove myself because he said you have to score at least fifty for my Dad. So I want to dedicate this knock to him,” he said.
Kishan also credited his seniors, especially his experience at Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
“Credit goes to my seniors who told me to go and express myself. It’s not easy to come and play your first game against a quality side. Mumbai Indians helped me a lot and I want to continue the momentum. Wanted to finish the game and I knew there is a senior player batting superbly at the other end. I was disappointed with the fact that I didn’t finish the game.
“The shot in which I smashed Tom (Curran) for a six off his first ball, that was special. hat was the moment I felt I can keep doing this.
“I don’t know if I’m gonna get this (debut) feeling again, but really proud and happy and I want to thank all my coaches, seniors and everyone who helped me get here. Now it’s my time to show them what I’ve got.”
Meanwhile, Washington Sundar, who returned figures of 2 for 29 from 4 overs, said:
“To be honest, this wicket was a much better wicket than the game we played two days back. We did a very good job to keep them to 164. It wasn’t doing much first innings, there was a bit of dew as well. And we really batted well,” he said.
“Bowling with the new ball is lots of pressure and a good challenge but that’s when you get satisfaction too. We knew where we wanted to be individually and we know we can have one-off game. Such games happen but how we bounce back matters, so very happy to have bounced back. Very happy (to be playing with his Under-19 batch), Ishan the way he played. First game for India, he was amazing. Pant is also doing so well. Very happy to play alongside these guys.”