In the eight ODI innings Ishan Kishan had played before Saturday, he reached the fifties twice and 90-plus score once -- against South Africa in Ranchi in October this year. In his ninth innings against Bangladesh at Chattogram though, the Jharkhand left-hander reached the once-elusive three-figure mark and then went on to rewrite history.
He blasted 24 boundaries and 10 colossal sixes to reach an ODI double hundred in just 126 balls, the fastest to reach the feat and the also the fourth Indian to do so after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma.
Thanks to Kishan's ferocity in the middle overs, India posted 409/8 in 50 overs, their fourth-highest ODI total ever. Kishan got out for a score of 210 in the 36th over, as he wished he could've gone for a triple-century had he batted for the remaining 14 overs.
"I'm blessed to hear my name alongside such legends. Still feel when I got out, 15 overs were left. Could've scored 300 also!" he told the broadcasters during the innings break.
India had nothing to lose after they submitted the three-match ODI series to Bangladesh and the pitch in Chattogram was just what Kishan was looking for,
"The wicket was too good to bat on. My intent was very clear: if the ball is there, I'll go for it," Kishan said.
"𝐅𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝-𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬" 😇— Sony Sports Network (@SonySportsNetwk) December 10, 2022
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The young keeper-batter, who opened the innings in absence of injured captain Rohit Sharma, added 290 for the second wicket with Virat Kohli (113) who reached his 44th ODI hundred. Kishan said that the presence of Kohli at the end helped him calm throughout the innings.
"Batting with Virat bhai... he has such a good sense of the game. He was spot on with which bowlers I needed to select. He was calming me down when I was in my 90s. I wanted to bring it up with a six, but he said to get it in singles as it's my first," Kishan said.