Ishan Kishan, who made his ODI debut on Sunday, had a fantastic debut (July 18). In the first ODI, his 42-ball 59 was important in India’s seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.
With a first-ball six, Kishan set the tone for a breezy innings that helped India get near to the mark. Shikhar Dhawan’s side got off to a flying start in pursuit of 263, with opener Prithvi Shaw smashing nine fours in his 24-ball-43 before holing out to Avishka Fernando.
When Kishan stepped out to bat, he did a lot of things well, which helped the team not only win, but also solidify his case for a regular spot in the playing XI.
Ishan Kishan came prepared to attack
When Sri Lanka lost wickets, they had to rebuild, whilst India still had the upper hand despite losing Shaw. Ishan Kishan did what he does best in the IPL: attack, with Shikhar Dhawan biding his time and dropping anchor.
One of the crucial aspects in India’s victory was their counter-attacking strategy, which put the hosts on the back foot.
Ishan Kishan’s excellent timing and impeccable footwork were two things that stood out. Several times, he went down the track in search of the spinners and tossed the ball around.
His better footwork from the IPL carried over to the ODIs, as evidenced by the two sixes he smashed.
A fearless brand of cricket
There is a thin line between reckless bravado and measured-yet-dominating approach, and Ishan Kishan took the latter. It wasn’t all hammers and tongs, but what he did was put away the bad deliveries.
At this stage, it is safe to assume he would have used that aggressive approach even if Shaw of Dhawan had walked back into the dugout early.
Kishan recorded a fifty on his T20I debut against England earlier this year, and the approach to the game against the island nation was no different. His ability to put pressure on the opposition just showcased his intent and the skill he possesses.
India will be hoping he continues in the same vein.