Ishan Kishan made a memorable debut in the ODI series opener against Sri Lanka. The left-handed batsman started his innings with a six off Dhananjaya de Silva’s bowling. He smashed the next delivery for a four, and he went on to score 59 runs off 42 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes at a strike rate of 140.48. He became the 16th Indian player to hit a half-century on debut.
He celebrated his 23rd birthday with a brilliant knock. Ishan had made his T20I debut earlier this year against England. The southpaw was backing himself against the Lankans as the pitch was good for the batting.
“I had already told everyone in the dressing room that I would Hit a Six on the First Ball. Wherever the ball is, I’ll hit a Six. Everyone knew this. Because the odds were on my side, pitch good, My Birthday & My First ODI match,” Kishan was quoted as saying to Sony.
He shared a 95 runs partnership with skipper Shikhar Dhawan, who scored an unbeaten 86 runs with six fours and a six.
India won the game by 7 wickets with 80 balls to spare and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.