India started the new year with a swell as they managed to edge past the likes of Sri Lanka in a nail-biting thriller, thanks to some electric display in the field, one of which was iconic take from Ishan Kishan who covered miles on the ground and eventually managed to put in a diving effort that removed Charith Asalanka off Umran Malik’s bowling.
Ishan was also phenomenal with his gloves after a decent start to the game with his bat. He was vigilant about his surroundings and whatever flew his way, he ensured that he pouched them all and added a pint more of some eye-catching glovework by setting the right tone for the others.
BCCI shared a video where Ishan Kishan had a hearty regale with India’s fielding coach, T Dilip, voicing his narrative of what exactly went on in the field and what was the atmosphere like at Wankhede, especially as the pendulum oscillated from one side to the other. Addressing his previous tour in Bangladesh, Ishan said, “I think we have seen when we played in Bangladesh in catches like these calling was a problem.”
He further added, “My plan was to if I am going I will go all out which will avoid confusion hence I called out. Even during practice sessions, I was talking to Dilip Sir about the importance of calling in high catches. We practiced the high catches with the softball and all the hard work bore fruits.’ India’s fielding coach, T Dilip was mighty happy with Ishan’s performance as he heaped accolades on the Indian wicket-keeper, saying, “That was an important catch in context of the game. Asalanka does play well against us. The best thing I saw from outside as a fielding coach, to take a catch while running that much is very tough. We all know your speed is good, so it was fabulous to see that.”