Ishan Kishan hits first-ball six: The debutant Indian wicket-keeper batsman’s fearless approach impressed one and all.
During the first ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of Sri Lanka in Colombo, debutant India wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan ditched nerves to hit his first ball for a thumping six off Sri Lanka vice-captain Dhananjaya de Silva.
It all happened on the fourth delivery of the sixth over when Kishan stepped down the track to the off-spinner to hit him confidently down the ground.
Kishan, who had commenced his T20I career with a four earlier this year, impressed one and all with his gutsy approach at the highest level. Proving his first runs in ODIs as no fluke, Kishan followed it up with a four on the second delivery that he faced.
In de Silva’s following over, the left-handed batsman hit three consecutive fours to dominate the opposition. Kishan, who has turned 23 today, did give the home team a few catching opportunities by playing risky shots when not required. Having said that, that appears to be a ramification of a modern-day batsman wanting to dominate the opposition bowlers on a regular basis.
Kishan, who is nearing a maiden half-century, hasn’t let the run rate drop after opening batsman Prithvi Shaw was dismissed for a stroke-filled 43 (24) comprising of nine fours.
After Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and chose to bat in the afternoon, the hosts posted 262/9 in 50 overs on the back of Chamika Karunaratne scoring 43* (35) with the help of one four and two sixes. With bowling figures of 7-1-37-2, Deepak Chahar was the pick of the Indian bowlers at the R Premdasa Stadium today.
Ishan Kishan hits first ball in ODI cricket for six off Dhananjaya de Silva
Ishan Kishan has announced his arrival in ODIs, IN STYLE! 🙌
— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) July 18, 2021
Twitter reactions on Ishan Kishan:
That audacity from ishan kishan. Wow,welcome to the new indian team!#INDvsSL
— Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) July 18, 2021
These new boys are just something else!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 18, 2021
these guys aren’t from the rahul dravid school of batting, are they #SLvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) July 18, 2021
Hitting a Six on the first ball of ODI career since 2002:
Johann Louw, 2008
Jawad Dawood, 2010
Craig Wallace, 2016
Richard Ngarava, 2017
Ishan Kishan, Today#SLvIND
— ESPNcricinfo stats (@ESPNcric_stats) July 18, 2021
Who is pumping these doses of self confidence in people like Shaw and Kishan?
The latter is playing his debut match and he has the audacity to step down the track first ball to smack it out of the park!! #INDvsSL #SLvIND
— Gurpreet Singh (@_SinghGurpreet_) July 18, 2021
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