Ishan Kishan – The mini destructor of the white ball who’s meant for big things!
Ishan Kishan: There are things about Indian cricket that are incredible. For instance, this is both- the land of record breaking mortal achievers such as Rahul Dravid and Sir Gavaskar and at the same time, that of “God” Sachin Tendulkar.
There are things about Indian Cricket that are baffling. Such as it took the respected keepers of the game in the beating heart of the sub-continent countless years to realise that women deserve just as much pay as their male counterparts.
This being an era where not a day passes by where we don’t hear of the phrase- equality or rights!
And yet, there are also weird things about Indian Cricket that have their say.
For instance, only a few hours had passed since one of Patna’s finest exports to Indian Cricket Ishan Kishan made a record-shattering double century and that too, in ODI cricket. And yet, what some news publications chose to focus on were “cute pictures of the left hander’s girlfriend” and how the girl “showered her love” to her love interest.
On a day where Ishan Kishan, daring, young, goer after records, played an inning to savour, there were journalists who thought of focusing on his private life as being something wise or gifted.
- Ishan Kishan (WK)
- Batsman / Wicket Keeper
- Rs. 15.4 Crore
- Current Team
- India Tour of Bangladesh, 2022, New Zealand tour of India, 2023
- 2023, 2022
- July 28, 1998
In an age where data privacy and breach are a common sight, it’s interesting that Kishan publicly humiliated the Bangladesh bowling.
In putting it to a sword as only few can, India’s confident go-getter took just 131 deliveries to reach a maiden career century in ODI’s.
The player widely noted for his big hitting for the Mumbai Indians took nearly – and only – 22 overs to score his incredible 210.
In so doing, the batsman one wouldn’t associate with astonishing height broke the record with a giant of the game: Christopher Henry Gayle.
This wasn’t any lame feat.
That the Universe Boss took no fewer than 147 deliveries to score his smashing albeit only ODI double ton while Kishan, still developing as a talent, broke the record by facing just 126 deliveries, was-is-commendable.
Is it not?
Two left handers, who truth be told, have given us so much to treasure over the years; one who’s not done yet and the other, who’s only just begun.
Yet what’s truly fascinating is that by hitting his fantastic, and now famous 210 against Bangladesh, the avid youngster became the first Indian batsman in ODI cricket to convert a maiden century into a double ton.
If that’s not envy-inspiring, then what is?
Here’s where Ishan Kishan stands at the moment in ODI cricket:
477 runs from 10 games, including 3 fifties and a century. The Chittagong-based double ton has afforded the batter who doesn’t hold himself back on the pitch the tag of an exciting cricketer.
Well deserved would be the most normal adjective in that regard, wouldn’t it?
Though, truth be told long before Ishan Kishan’s crowning moment of glory arrived in Bangladesh and boy, what a day it was, he’d proven his worth in the league they can’t live without.
For it was in the Indian Premier League where light-weight big demolisher of the white ball scored 277 runs in the 2017 season from just ten outings.
For someone who was, back then, playing just his second season of the cricket-meets-entertainment spin-off, that rate of 134 impressed.
His quickfire 39 off 17 that year against Bangalore was a knock that royally challenged the authority of a side we so love and not just, King Kohli’s fans.
Then there was that 48 off just 35 against Mumbai, a side that even today, needs no introduction.
Dashing knocks with stormy hits to either sides of the fence told the Gujarat Lions (Ishan Kishan’s then team) that here was a fearless Indian, who besides being a natural stroke maker, stood true to the current template of Indian Cricket.
One where one doesn’t accept lip service without some return presents.
But that Ishan Kishan is the present is the biggest truth of them all.
He’s here with all the time on his hands to forge that seems to be a promising career in the works.
Yet, at the same time, he must also realise the importance of holding the dignity of the game especially in this contemporary era where little is cared about if it isn’t fireworks with the bat.
Together, Pant, Rahul, Gill, Shaw and now, India’s latest record breaker Kishan hold the massive responsibility of taking Indian cricket to new heights and it’ll get there.
But remember for as long as there’s a price put on one’s wicket and as Ishan Kishan himself says, with much passion and thought.
For what’s the art of batting without it anyway?