Ishan Kishan hit half a century on his T20I debut.© AFP
Ishan Kishan’s international career got off to a heady start when he played half a century against England in his debut match for India. In the second T20 International (T20I) against England last year, India was set as a target by the visitors at 165 and Ishan Kishan opened with KL Rahul. It was a nervous start to the innings for Kishan as Rahul fell for a six-ball duck in the first over, and the young southpaw faced Jofra Archer from the other side. But Virat Kohli, the captain of the team at the time, came in and encouraged Kishan to try to free the ropes.
“I opened with KL bhai when he got out. Kohli bhai came. So when I faced my first ball, he was there. The first thing he said to me when Archer was bowling, ‘Look, there’s no fielder there, hit him for a six.’ I said, ‘Umm, that’s Archer,'” Kishan recalled as he spoke to host Gaurav Kapoor on an episode of Breakfast with Champions.
“But the way he said it, I felt he was right. I should have smashed Archer, I had entered that zone. And I got a boundary from the first ball. I was just happy about that — first international, first frontier, Archer,” Kishan said.
He didn’t hit a six, but found the limit with a tap of his pads. He then continued in the same vein as he broke five boundaries and four sixes in his 56-of-32 delivery knockout.
Kohli himself finished undefeated at 73 as India comfortably chased the total to win the match.
Since his debut, he has played nine more T20Is and three ODIs for India.
His stock has risen in recent years and in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, Kishan was the most expensive player when Mumbai Indians bought him back for Rs 15.25 crore.
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