The 24-year-old India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan has said that batting in the nets ahead of the third ODI against Bangladesh National Cricket Team turned out to be extremely beneficial for him.
In the second ODI at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Saturday, December 10, India posted a massive total of 409/8 in 50 overs with the help of remarkable innings by Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli.
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Kishan smashed 210 runs off 131 balls, including 24 fours and 10 sixes, and he also stitched up a phenomenal 290-run partnership in just 190 deliveries with Virat Kohli. Notably, Kishan replaced Rohit Sharma in the India XI against Bangladesh in the dead rubber ODI after the India captain got ruled out of the match due to a thumb injury.
In a video shared by the BCCI, Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill were having a chat after the third ODI. During the interaction, the 24-year-old revealed that batting in the nets on matchday was helpful for him. He also mentioned that the World No.1 T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav batted a lot in the nets during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and performed exceptionally well in the marquee tournament. Kishan said:
“The wickets were not good in the nets at the previous venue so I thought of batting today in the nets here this morning. The other players had also batted a lot in the nets and batting here was helpful. Surya bhai did the same thing in the World Cup and he did really well there. I did it and I got 200 as well.”
He was gesturing one finger from the non-striker’s end, indicating to go for a single – Ishan Kishan on Virat Kohli
Ishan Kishan also revealed that he had asked Virat Kohli to remind him to take singles when he was close to 200. He said:
“I told Virat bhai that please keep telling me to take singles when close to 200. Otherwise, I will just try to go for a hit and throw it away. I was again tempted to go for the big shot.
“So, he said that he will keep telling me to for singles only. So, if you see, he was gesturing one finger from the non-striker’s end, indicating to go for a single.”
The wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan further said that he didn’t think beforehand that he will smash the fastest double century in ODIs. He asserted:
“I did not go beforehand thinking that I will score the fastest double ton, I saw myself directly in the nineties and then started calming myself down. After the 90s, I saw myself directly at 146, then directly in the 190s.
“I was not thinking too much, just the fact that with the wicket being so good, why should I restrict myself? And since the situation was so good, just keep on hitting.”