Youngster Ishan Kishan made waves on social media after he smacked a fearless half-century upon his debut for India in the second T20I against England on Sunday. Hailed widely for his superb 56, Kishan revealed in a post-match interview that he wasn’t aware that he had, in fact, touched the fifty mark. Speaking to Yuzvendra Chahal on his popular Chahal TV segment, Kishan was quizzed as to why there was a slight delay in raising his bat to the crowds seated at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
“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?)," Chahal asked Kishan post-victory that levelled India 1-1 in the ongoing T20I series against England.
Kishan, in his response, said that he wasn’t nervous but he wasn’t aware that he had reached the 50-run mark. He added that he wasn’t the one who went big on celebrations after he reached the milestones. It was only after his skipper Virat Kohli called out to him that he knew he had indeed smacked a fifty on his debut for India.
“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)," Kishan revealed.
📺 Debut for India & debut on Chahal TV right away 😎DO NOT MISS: @yuzi_chahal chats up with @ishankishan51 after his superb batting performance in the 2nd T20I against England. 👍👍 - By @RajalArora #TeamIndia #INDvENG @Paytm
Full interview 🎥 👉https://t.co/X68QuvB55Y pic.twitter.com/iCKzbTewU1
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 15, 2021
Following this, Kohli was hailed by fans for motivating his young teammates and leading the side from the front.
Virat is such a good leader man— Based Baibhav but Sadder (@TheProBeest19) March 15, 2021
The king and the young prince pic.twitter.com/ktfqM1Qac2— Adi (@adityam77) March 15, 2021
Virat never forgets to motivate his players…❤️— Ain (@QxainxX) March 15, 2021
And then they Virat is not a good captain..♂️♂️♂️— Vikas Shukla (@VikasMic) March 15, 2021
Meanwhile, half-centuries from debutant Ishan Kishan and captain Virat Kohli 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.
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