Ishan Kishan smashed a full-fledged double century against Bangladesh where he sent the bowlers scouring for shelter in the midst of some serious heat. He stuck alongside Virat Kohli and the duo posted a resilient display of brilliance against the Bangladeshi tigers.
His swashbuckling strokeplay also paved the path for the Indian hard-hitter to grab a call-up into the Indian Test team after Rishabh Pant was sidelined due to a tragic accident that the southpaw met while returning to Delhi. For any Indian cricketer who is going to wear the Test cap for the first time, no other opportunity stands in front of the mighty Border-Gavaskar series.
Australia will be touring India for a four-match Test series in February where India will need all hands on deck as they will have to register victories in almost three games out of the four that they will be a part of. With such a hefty onus falling on the shoulders of Ishan Kishan, the youngster got a bit emotional during an interview with his fellow teammate, Shubman Gill.
Talking to Gill, Ishan said, “I broke the news to my family. My father was super pumped, he said ‘aise hi mehnat karna hai, aise hi practice karni hai (Keep working hard like this, keep practising like this)’”.
He further talked about how his father has always inspired him to play cricket, saying, “When I was playing white ball, he used to keep reminding me about how Test cricket is the real cricket, where a batsman faces the real challenges and his skill Tests gets tasted. To play at that level is a big thing. I was very happy when I got the news of my Test call-up and if I will get the chance I will try to perform well for the team.”
When asked about his inclination towards red-ball cricket, Ishan said, “I enjoy playing red-ball cricket. Red ball swings more than the white ball and there is a bit of sledging as well. You have enough time to score run; situations also fluctuated with every session.”
It will be interesting to see whom does India go for in the bilateral series against Australia, especially in the longer format of the game, considering the domestic and the recent exploits in the international arcade from both Bharat and Ishan.