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Kishan’s ability to hit those big sixes is what sets him apart: Dinesh Karthik

March 15, 2021

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Senior Indian wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik believes that Ishan Kishan is an immensely confident player. In the second T20 against England, he unleashed himself onto the England bowlers. Ishan Kishan was handed his debut India cap replacing Shikhar Dhawan at the top order.

The southpaw comfortably chased the 165-run target with his powerful striking. Kishan smashed a boundary on his first ball, off Jofra Archer's bowling, and never looked back as he rumbled to his maiden T20I fifty. With the help of 5 boundaries and four sixes, the 22-year-old slammed 56 runs off 32 deliveries to set up the series-levelling chase for the hosts.

Ishan Kishan could not have asked for a better start to his international career. On Sunday, the wicket-keeper scored a half-century off 28 balls, forming a vital partnership with skipper Virat Kohli, that proved crucial in India's chase of 165. The youngster was also awarded the Player of the Match for his fantastic performance with the bat. 

Indian bowlers restricted a robust English batting line-up: Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik, who last featured for India in the 2019 World Cup semi-final, also praised the Indian bowlers. Indian pacers gave away only 35 runs in the last five overs. Karthik recently guided Tamil Nadu to victory in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. With the hope to make a comeback to the national team, the senior wicket-keeper batsman will be in action for KKR in the IPL 2021.

India had lost the opening T20I by eight wickets with their batting line-up failing to execute their plans of playing an aggressive brand of cricket. However, in the second encounter, they implemented those plans brilliantly as debutant Ishan Kishan scored a fifty at the top of the order. The youngster went slam-bang right from the start, even though he lost his opening mate KL Rahul for a duck. Rishabh Pant also smashed 26 off 13 to take the match out of England's grasp.

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