Ishan Kishan, a young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, has had an exceptional West Indies trip.
Kishan played an important role for the Men in Blue, earning fifties in all three One-Day Internationals against the West Indies and finishing the series with a total of 184 runs.
With his half-century in the third and final ODI at the Brain Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad, the wicketkeeper joined a select company that includes MS Dhoni, Dilip Vengsarkar, and Mohammed Azharuddin, among others.
The 25-year-old is the most recent Indian hitter to score half-centuries in all three bilateral One-Day Internationals.
Kishan had an amusing exchange with former India opener Aakash Chopra, who was commentating, after a stumping appeal in the final ODI.
Chopra made a reference to the legendary Indian captain, MS Dhoni, and the youngster responded admirably.
"Its very rare that you review the stumping and run out dismissal. So far, I am seeing the feet on the ground. You can come from Ranchi, but your name is not MS Dhoni,"
Chopra said on-air.
"Ha, fir thikhai. (Then it's okay),"
Kishan was heard saying in the stump mic.
"How sweet Ishan. We love you,"
the former cricketer replied.
Kishan, who was chosen Player of the Series, expressed dissatisfaction with his performance in the three-game ODI series. The 25-year-old also discussed his senior's reaction to his failure to score a massive score.
"Not so happy with the finishing that I gave. I was supposed to score big after being set. That's what my seniors told me, I should've stayed in and scored big. That's what I'll try next time, I'll get set in the middle and score big,"
Kishan said after the match.
Meanwhile, he lauded fellow opener Shubman Gill, calling him a 'tremendous talent.' Kishan and Gill scored 143 runs in the final ODI, the biggest opening partnership by an Indian combination in the West Indies.
"He's a tremendous player, I've seen how he middles the ball. Seeing him hitting it out of the middle gives me a lot of confidence as well."
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