‘Sab Ko Bat Dikha, Pehla Match Hai Tera’ – Ishan Kishan Reveals What Virat Kohli Told Him After Reaching Fifty
Ishan Kishan became only the seventh Indian player to win a Player of the Match award in his debut T20I match, smashing 56 off 32 balls setting up the chase of 165, partnering with the skipper Virat Kohli (73* off 49) for a stand of 94 runs in just nine overs.
However, Kishan has revealed that he had no idea that he had reached his fifty and it was only when Kohli congratulated him saying ‘Top Knock’ that he realised that he might have reached his milestone.
Speaking on BCCI.tv to Yuzvendra Chahal Kishan said that he is not somebody who raises his bat after a half-century and it was after Kohli egged him on that he raised his bat and acknowledged the crowd.
“Jab fifty ho gayi aap dekhne mein aaya tha apne do-teen second bat nahi uthaya. Aapko pata nahi tha aapki fifty ho gayi hai? Thoda nervous ho gaye the? (When you reached fifty, we saw a slight delay when you raised the bat. Did you not know you had scored a half-century? Were you nervous?),
“Virat bhai ki peeche se awaaz aati hai ‘Oye, chaaro taraf ghoom ke bat dikha. Sab ko bat dikha, pehla match hai tera’ (Virat said show your bat to the crowds all around the park. Show your bat, it’s your first match),” said Kishan.
Earlier in the match, Half-centuries from debutant Kishan and that followed a tremendous bowling performance helped India level the series 1-1 with a seven-wicket win over England in the second T20I at Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Chasing 165, Kishan made an attacking 56 off 32 with five fours and four sixes to set up the chase. Rishabh Pant then took over with a 13-ball 26 cameo to continue the momentum. Through it all, captain Kohli did what he does best – anchoring the innings before finishing with a flourish to end unbeaten on 73 off 49 as India finished in 17.5 overs.
England will rue a couple of key drop catches; Jos Buttler put down Kohli on 10 off Chris Jordan while Ben Stokes put down Kishan on 40 off Adil Rashid.