Ishan Kishan left the Twitterverse in awe with his amazing knock in the first T20I between India and South Africa which is being played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on June 9. Kishan opened the innings for India and scored a sublime and dominating half-century.
India is being captained by Rishabh Pant in this five-match T20I series after stand-in captain KL Rahul, who was supposed to lead in absence of Rohit Sharma, was ruled out of the series with a groin injury. Also ruled out of the series was left-arm chinaman, Kuldeep Yadav.
Meanwhile, South Africa captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and chose to bat first. For the Proteas, Aiden Markram missed out after testing positive for COVID-19 and in his place Tristan Stubbs made his T20I debut.
For India, Ruturaj Gaikwad opened the innings with Kishan and Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya made their comebacks into the XI.
Ishan Kishan Gives Fiery Start To Indian Team; Hits 11 Fours And 3 Sixes In His Knock
While Ruturaj Gaikwad was weary at the start with the bat, Ishan Kishan took full advantage of the powerplay overs and slammed the Proteas bowlers to all parts of the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Gaikwad made 23 in 15 balls with 3 sixes before getting out caught off Wayne Parnell.
Kishan continued his assault as he hammered the South African bowlers, especially left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj, who was hit for 2 sixes and 2 fours in one over. In all, Kishan slammed 76 runs in 48 balls with 11 fours and 3 sixes, adding 57 runs with Gaikwad in 6.2 overs.
His assault would have continued if not for him going bang-bang after Maharaj and trying to hit him for another six in the same over off which he had taken 20 runs off. This innings of his was heartwarming to see, after the kind of IPL 2022 he had for Mumbai Indians.
Kishan did no harm to his spot in the Indian T20I setup with this knock and had Twitterverse lauding him for his fifty.
Here’s how twitter reacted to Ishan Kishan’s knock:
Ishan Kishan 👏
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar)
Putting on a blockbuster show 💪🤩…
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans)
Well played, Ishan Kishan – 76 runs from 48 balls including 11 fours and 3 sixes – started the series on a high.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns)
Mukesh Ambani after seeing Ishan Kishan Innings today 😂
— Hariom Thakkar👨⚕️🩺⚕️ (@Hariom_0702)
Pic 1-: Ishan Kishan Strike Rate While playing In IPL 2022
Pic 2-: Ishan Kishan Strike Rate in Today’s Match
— Pulkit🇮🇳❤️ (@pulkit5Dx)
Ishan Kishan has same no of 50s as of Rishabh Pant after playing just 11 matches and pant has played 40+ matches
— Just Butter 🇿🇦 (@bestwicketkeper)
Ishan kishan saved all his runs of IPL for this match…
— ANSHUMAN🚩 (@AvengerReturns)
Ishan Kishan was trolled mercilessly during IPL 2022 but has wonderfully returned back to form in Blue. The ‘Pocket Dynamo’ is back✨❤️
— Unnati Madan (@unnati_madan)
Finally, the real ISHAN KISHAN is back 🇮🇳🤞
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta)
Looks like Ishan Kishan saved all his shots for International matches
— VK ☁️ (@Suprvirat)
Ishan kishan in International cricket vs Ishan kishan in IPL
— ASmemesss (@asmemesss)
Your Apology Should be as Louder as Your Disrespect Was .
KING ISHAN KISHAN
— Boies Pilled Bell 👊 (@Im_Perfect45)