In September last year, Mumbai Indians (MI) were down the barrel in an IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Chasing a huge 202, MI needed a miracle three for 39. Ishan Kishan has played 58 innings so far in which he has hit two fours and nine sixes.
Ishant’s attack helped raise MI level with RCB before winning the Super Over. RCB captain Virat Kohli may have survived the scare, but the tip of the South-East had a definite impact on him.
Ish left a fearless, crime-free, non-hit style, the same trait that the Kohli-led Indian team management is looking for.
In the second T20I here on Sunday, Ishan was advised by Kohli and MI captain Rohit Sharma to plan the game for IPL success. The 22-year-old follows the order, and it works wonders.
Virat Kohli and Ishan Kish hit half-centuries to chase India’s 165 in the second T20I against England on Sunday. – SportsPix
Ishaan can be expected to maintain the same stance in the third game to be played here on Tuesday.
Debutant jitters, if any, in six overs, Ish dismissed fast bowler Tom Curren. After hitting two fours, Ishaan and Bhau got up and ran away.
Overcoming Jharkhand cricketer leg-spinner Adil Rashid, he bent his right leg forward and produced great force with short, short strokes of the bat. He was invested with a reverse sweep, but his innings of 56 runs in 32 balls put India on the path of victory.