Ishan Kishan literally shocked the cricketing world in the third ODI against Bangladesh on December 10 in Chattogram when he scored 210 off 131 balls, hitting 24 fours and 10 sixes. He shared a partnership of 290 with Virat Kohli, and also scored his 72nd international ton for the second wicket as India posted a total of 409/9 after conceding one in 50 overs. In the end, India won by 227 runs. Kishan reached the double ton mark in just 126 balls, which is a world record. The 24-year-old also became the fourth Indian batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs.
Batsman Kishan continued his imperious run when he smashed a century against Jharkhand in a Ranji Trophy Group C match at Ranchi on December 15. Kishan wowed everyone and was a fan delight. A fan named Randhir Kumar asked him to sign the back of the phone. As Kishan was about to sign, he realized that there was an autograph of MS Dhoni, also from Jharkhand, on the back of that phone.
“Mahi Bhai’s signature is there and he is asking me to sign on it. I won’t be able to do it. Why do you want me to sign here? I will sign something else,” he told the fan. After further insistence, Kishan said, “It is Mahi bhai’s signature, how can I sign above that? We have not reached that stage.” Finally, Kishan signed under Dhoni’s autograph.
After his double ton against Bangladesh, Ishan was asked if the batsman would automatically get him into India’s ODI squad for the next few assignments. The Southerner gave an honest response as the entire press room burst into laughter.
“I don’t know, I don’t believe these things,” Ishan said in response to a reporter’s question about cementing a place in India’s ODI squad. “It’s what I can do when I have the chance. I don’t want to talk. I want to let my bat do the talking. Whether there’s room for me or not.”
Kishan ended his reply on a somber note as he hit a double hundred, suggesting that he may have strengthened his position in the process. “Ab 200 kiya hai to kya pata… (I’ve scored a double century now, so who knows…),” he said before bursting into laughter.
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