WI vs IND: “Virat backed me to go out there, play my game” – Ishan Kishan after half-century against WI in 2nd Test

WI vs IND: "Virat backed me to go out there, play my game" - Ishan Kishan after half-century against WI in 2nd Test
WI vs IND: "Virat backed me to go out there, play my game" - Ishan Kishan after half-century against WI in 2nd Test

WI vs IND: “Virat backed me to go out there, play my game” – Ishan Kishan after half-century against WI in 2nd Test

WI vs IND: Following his impressive half-century in the second Test against the West Indies, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan expressed his gratitude towards Virat Kohli for backing him to bat at number four and play his natural game. Kishan also acknowledged the assistance he received from Rishabh Pant, particularly regarding his bat positioning, during their time at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

India set a formidable target of 365 runs for the West Indies to chase in the ongoing second Test, and on the fourth day in Port of Spain, the Windies lost two wickets during the final session. “It was really special (the half-century). I knew what the team needed from me. Everyone backed me. Virat backed me and told me ‘go and play your game’. Let us hope we will finish the game tomorrow. It was Virat bhai who took the initiative and told me that I should go in. There was a slow left-armer who was bowling. It was a good call for the team. Sometimes you need to take these calls,” said Kishan after the day’s play.

“We had the plan that we will play 10-12 overs after the rain break and score 70-80 runs. We wanted a 370-380 target. I was at NCA before this. Pant was also there. He knows how I play. We have known each other for under-19 days. I also wanted someone to advise me and luckily he was there to tell me something about my bat positioning.”

“There are so many senior players who keep talking to the bowlers. It should be a good game tomorrow. We need to hit the right areas and important to get early wickets. It was one of my dreams to get into the whites. I just wanted to go in and hit every ball. I am mostly thankful to my parents who have always supported me,” concluded Kishan.

As for the match, India declared their second innings at 181/2, with Ishan Kishan (52*) and Shubman Gill (29*) remaining unbeaten, setting a challenging target of 365 runs for the West Indies. Earlier, in response to India’s first innings total of 438, the West Indies were bowled out for just 255 runs, trailing by 183 runs at that point.

WI skipper Kraigg Braithwaite top-scored with 75, while Alick Athanaze (37), Tagenarine Chanderpaul (33), and Kirk McKenzie (32) contributed decently for the Windies. Mohammed Siraj’s excellent bowling performance led India’s attack, claiming 5/60. Mukesh Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja secured two wickets each, while Ravichandran Ashwin got one wicket.

India’s first-innings total of 438 was propelled by impressive performances from Virat Kohli (121) and half-centuries by skipper Rohit Sharma (80), Yashasvi Jaiswal (57), Ravindra Jadeja (61), and Ravichandran Ashwin (56). Jomel Warrican (3/89), Kemar Roach (3/104), and Jason Holder (2/57) were the standout bowlers for the West Indies.

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