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Ishan Kishan Hits Half-Century ODI Record

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Ishan Kishan Hits Half-Century ODI Record

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Ishan Kishan, the young and talented Indian opener, smashed his second consecutive half-century in the second ODI against West Indies in Barbados on a fine Saturday. Not only did he showcase his exceptional batting skills, but he also achieved a remarkable milestone by surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

Kishan now holds the record for the Indian batsman with the most runs as an opener in the first five ODI innings, amassing a total of 348 runs. In comparison, the iconic Sachin Tendulkar had scored 321 runs in the same number of innings, followed closely by Shubman Gill with 320 runs and Kris Srikkanth with 261 runs. This achievement highlights the incredible potential and promise that Ishan Kishan brings to the Indian cricketing stage.

Not stopping there, Ishan Kishan’s exceptional performance also brought him on par with the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. By scoring back-to-back fifties as a wicket-keeper batsman, Kishan matched the record set by Dhoni during the series against West Indies back in 2017. Such comparisons with legends of the game demonstrate the young cricketer’s rapid rise and ability to handle the pressures of international cricket with composure.

The second ODI, however, did not pan out as expected for India’s World Cup aspirants, especially on a challenging and bouncy track. West Indies managed to level the three-match ODI series with a comfortable six-wicket victory, primarily due to their impressive bowling efforts led by Romario Shepherd and Gudakesh Motie.


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The decision of the Indian team management to rest skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli turned out to be a costly one. The middle-order batters struggled to cope with the pace, bounce, and turn on the pitch, leading to a collapse, and they were bowled out for a modest total of 181 runs in 40.5 overs. The rain interruptions also added to India’s woes and disrupted their batting rhythm.

In response, the West Indies faced some resistance from the Indian bowlers, with Shardul Thakur delivering an impressive spell of 3/42 in 8 overs. However, the West Indian skipper Shai Hope stood firm with an unbeaten knock of 63 off 80 balls, and young Keacy Carty provided crucial support with his 48 not out off 65 balls. Their unbeaten partnership of 91 runs for the fifth wicket sealed the victory for the West Indies in just 36.4 overs, putting an end to their streak of nine successive bilateral defeats since December 2019.

Despite the disappointing result for India, there were some positive takeaways, especially from the opening stand between Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill. The duo provided a solid foundation with a partnership of 90 runs, showcasing the potential of India’s young batting talent.

However, the subsequent collapse of five wickets for just 23 runs highlighted the lack of resilience in the middle-order batting lineup, and this proved to be India’s undoing. It is a matter of concern for the team management and selectors as they look to fine-tune their World Cup plans and identify players who can handle challenging conditions and pressure situations.

India will need to address their batting vulnerabilities and work on building partnerships in the middle overs. Additionally, the bowlers should aim to strike early and maintain pressure on the opposition to restrict them to manageable totals.


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