Indian wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan did something tonight during the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka that former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be proud of. The Jharkhand wicketkeeper used his cunningness to run Sri Lankan tailender Lakshan Sandakan out but his conversation with the bowler that was caught later in the stump microphone was what made the headlines and stole the hearts of every Indian fan making them nostalgic.
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Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. The Lankans got a dream start to their innings, thanks to a great partnership between openers Avishka Fernando (50 off 71) and Minod Bhanuka (36 off 42). Yuxvendra Chahal’s masterclass in the middle overs cleared up Sri Lanka’s set batsmen and shifted the momentum in India’s favour but Charith Asalanka’s knock of 65 off 68 changed the power dynamics. Thankfully for India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Asalanka and India got a sigh of relief. Sri Lanka’s tailenders gave excellent support to their batting unit. Chamika Karunaratne played a sensational 44 off 33 and finished Sri Lanka’s innings in style.
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Lakshan Sandakan could’ve done something similar, had it not been for Ishan Kishan’s wicket-keeping brilliance. The tailender wanted to take a run after edging the ball behind to wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan who was far away from the stumps. Ishan Kishan did not throw the ball. He rather preferred to run towards the wicket himself and made sure to run Sandakan out making good use of the opportunity. After making the run out, Ishan Kishan was heard saying “bolke run out kiya hein bolke” to the bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar. In reality, Ishan Kishan had predicted that he would be making the run out and that was what he boasted about.
The commentators made a funny dig about the incident applauding his confidence. Ishan Kishan had reportedly challenged before making his debut in the last match that he would be hitting a six off his first ball which he really did. That was what the commentators were talking about.