Ishan Kishan, who played a staggering innings of 56 off just 32 balls, was awarded the Man of the Match instead of Virat Kohli as India announced their comeback in style. The hosts won by a whopping margin of seven wickets to level the series 1-1, after losing the series opener. Read more - Twitter Reactions: Kishan, Kohli steer India to a comfortable victory in 2nd T20I
The 22-year-old wicket-keeper batsman from Jharkhand received a warm applause from everyone in the Indian Cricket Team as well as from the fans as he scored a fifty on debut. However, when he hit that straight six to bring up his fifty, he was unaware of the landmark. During a chat with Yuzvendra Chahal on Chahal TV, Kishan disclosed that it was Virat Kohli, who told him to raise the bat as it was his first match.
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"I wasn't sure that I had completed my fifty," Kishan told Chahal. "But when Virat bhai said top innings, then I realised. Usually I don't raise my bat after scoring fifty, but Virat bhai shouted from behind: 'Oye chaaro taraf ghoomke bat dikha, sabko bat dikha. Pehla match hai tera, bohot ache.' Only then I showed my bat to everyone. I felt it was an order to I raised the bat," he added.
It was difficult for me to match his level: Ishan Kishan
India's premier leg-spinner also asked him the perks of batting with Virat Kohli, to which, he replied, "It was difficult for me to match his (Virat's) level, because of the energy he shows after hitting a boundary, or even a quick double. I had never experienced that. I realised that when you reach this level, I felt this was the type of body language I had to show. There are some small things, which I got to learn from him."
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