It may come as a surprise to a lot of the Indian cricket fans that ever since the Twenty20 format of the game was introduced in 2005, none of the Indian wicket-keeping-captains were able to score a century in any of the List A leagues or tournaments.
That was until the 20-year-old captain of the Jharkhand team decided to make history in a match against Jammu & Kashmir in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament. While J&K put up a below-average score of 168 runs, Kishan went on to score an impressive 100 in just 55 balls to successfully chase it down and win the match with ease.
During his bombastic innings, the batsman sent the ball for eight boundaries and seven sixes.February 22, 2019
In achieving this wonderful feat, Kishan registered his name amongst the greatest of athletes of the game in former Aussie skipper Adam Gilchrist and Pak keeper Kamran Akmal as he became only the fifth player in the world to score a ton as both the wicket-keeper and the captain of a squad.
Kishan's impressive batting performance during the Syed Mushtaq Ali follows a rather unexpected century at the hands of India's second 'Wall' in Saurashtra's Cheteshwar Pujara who is known for his slow but steady way of playing the game, especially in the Test format of the game.
Pujara's ton came in a surprisingly few number of balls (61) after his father had advised him move forwards or backwards across the crease to utilise the line better, a day before.
Another youngster in Shreyas Iyer played a brilliant innings for Mumbai in a match against Sikkim, during which he broke India's sledging mascot Rishabh Pant's record for the highest individual score by an Indian batsmen in the T20, as he scored an extraordinary 147 in just 55 balls. Iyer scored 118 runs only in boundaries.
Highest T20 scores by Indians
147 - Shreyas Iyer for Mumbai today
128* - Rishabh Pant for Delhi Daredevils 2018
127 - M Vijay for Chennai Super Kings 2010
126* - Suresh Raina for Uttar Pradesh 2018
125 - Unmukt Chand for Delhi 2013#SyedMushtaqAliTrophy
Taking into consideration how talented the younger lot of Indian cricketers is, it is safe to say that the Men in Blue are going to rule on an international level for a long time.
Kishan's fans hopped on Twitter to express their amazement towards the batsman's innings:
Ishan Kishan will be the main factor to Mumbai Indians' campaign this IPL season. Can be so destructive for us batting at 3.— Numan (@blacksuit_786) February 22, 2019
Like i said in the past, i predict Ishan Kishan to serve india in all formats for a long time.— Jai Jawan - Bharat Mata Ki Jai ® (@Bhavanisms) February 22, 2019
Like i said in the past, i predict Ishan Kishan to serve india in all formats for a long time.— Jai Jawan - Bharat Mata Ki Jai ® (@Bhavanisms) February 22, 2019 February 22, 2019
Fantastic ð¯ by ISHAN KISHAN VS JAMMU&KASHMIR AT (MUSTAK ALI T20 TOURNAMENT). His excellent knock help JARKHAND To win a match by 9 wicket.
SUMMARY:JAMMU&KASHMIR:168/9 (JATIN WADHWAN 47(37)
RAHUL SHUKLA 5/36**