Everyone backed me, Virat Kohli backed me and told me go and play my game: Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan scored 52* runs in 34 deliveries in the second innings of the second Test after being promoted to number 4.
View : 491
2 Min Read
Day 4 of the second Test between the West Indies and India was a whirlwind for both sides. After the Windies were bundled out for 255 runs in the first innings, the Indian team came in to bat and put forth an excellent performance. Bashing the Windies bowlers, India posted 181 runs on the board before declaring their innings.
It was thanks to the Indian top-order that they were able to notch up a good total in the second innings, hence posting a considerably big target for the hosts. Youngster Ishan Kishan was the star of the show as he went out and scored his maiden Test fifty, amassing 52* runs in 34 deliveries.
Notably, Kishan came out to bat in place of ace batter Virat Kohli and the 25-year-old revealed that it was Kohli’s idea for him to go out to bat instead of him. Furthermore, Kishan also revealed that the 34-year-old backed him to play his natural game.
"Was really special. I knew what the team needed from me. Everyone backed me. Virat backed me and told me go and play your game. Let's hope we will finish the game tomorrow. It was Virat bhai who took the initiative and told 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. 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," Ishan Kishan was quoted as saying by India Today.
West Indies require 289 runs to win on Day 5
With India declaring on a score of 181 runs in the second innings, the side set a target of 365 runs to chase down for the West Indies. As the hosts came out to bat, they fell prey to the excellence of Ravichandran Ashwin, who dismissed Kirk McKenzie and skipper Kraigg Brathwaite.
As Day 5 approaches, the Windies require 289 runs to win the second Test. It could be interesting to see how the side goes about their run chase on the final day.