India wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan played his first international game for India on Sunday, and the youngster’s debut was no less than memorable. According to Hindustan Times, he smashed a half-century after being asked to open the innings alongside KL Rahul in the 2nd T20I against England at Motera in Ahmedabad.

The 22-year-old cricketer played quite maturely as he stitched a 94-run stand with team captain Kohli, despite his opening partner Rahul getting out for a duck in the first over.

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According to the publication, Kishan’s innings of 32-ball 56 set up the stage for India to chase down the target of 165 with comfort. With Kohli smashing 73 runs in 49 balls, India chased down the target in 17.5 overs, with 7 wickets in hand to level the series.

Twitterati didn’t take much time to applaud the young cricketer’s efforts, with former India opener Virender Sehwag reminding everyone about another wicketkeeper-batsman from Jharkhand who was promoted up the batting order and proved his caliber with the bat. He was talking about none other than MS Dhoni.

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Meanwhile, Kishan was named man of the match award for his performance. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, he dedicated the award to a special individual.

“My coach’s Dad passed away a few days back and this innings was for him. I wanted to prove myself because he said you have to score at least fifty for my Dad. So I want to dedicate this award to him.”

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